Dec. 16 - BETHANY, W.Va. – All 11 players who played Tuesday night scored to help the Bethany women’s basketball team (4-6) win their third consecutive game by dropping Marietta 62-49 at Hummel Field House.
The contest was even at 12 until an 11-2 Bison spurt pushed them in front 23-14. Senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) hit back-to-back lay-ups to key the run. Another quick burst just before halftime sent Bethany into the locker room with a double-digit lead. Senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) capped a string of seven consecutive points with a basket just before the halftime horn to extend BC’s advantage to 34-20.
The Pioneers (2-8) had one threat to get back into the game early in the second half. A three-point play by Lizz Wilson trimmed the Bethany lead to 38-31 at the 14:20 mark. But that was answered by another 7-0 surge, as sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) and senior Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) hit lay-ups and freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) canned a triple to run the Bison’s lead back to 45-31.
From there, BC turned to their defense, as they didn’t allow Marietta to get closer than 10 the rest of the way. For the contest, Bethany limited the Pioneers to 32 percent shooting (18-56) and forced 22 turnovers, which were converted into 28 points.
Spearheading Bethany’s steady attack was Wilson and Goode with 10 points each. The Bison held a 54-47 advantage on the glass, as sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) pulled down 12 rebounds for the second consecutive game and senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) corralled 11 boards to go along with nine points. Triggering the BC offense was senior point guard Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic), who handed out a career-high eight assists.
For Marietta, Nikki Driscoll scored a game-high 16 points.
Bethany will get to enjoy their three-game victory string over the holiday break, as they will not return to the floor until Saturday, Jan. 3 with a PAC match-up against Thiel. Tip-off at Hummel Field House is scheduled for 2 p.m.