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BETHANY AIMING TO STOP SKID AGAINST WESTMINSTER SATURDAY
Jan. 22 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball teams will try to start the second half of the PAC schedule better than they finished the first half Saturday when they host Westminster at 2 p.m..
Despite dressing only seven players for Wednesday’s game at #22 Washington & Jefferson, the Bison led by two (18-16) at halftime. However, another cold shooting half by BC caught up to them, as W&J rallied for a 47-37 victory. Freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) recorded her third double-double of the season with 11 points and 12 rebounds in the fifth straight loss for the Bison.
It was a dismal shooting night for the Bison against W&J, as they made just 15-of-56 attempts from the floor (26.9 percent). It was the lowest percentage posted by BC since shooting 25 percent in a loss to Wittenberg in Nov. 2008. The shooting woes overshadowed a great night on the glass for the Green and White, who held a 42-33 rebounding advantage. Bethany has now out-rebounded six straight opponents and held an advantage on the boards in 12 of the 16 games played this season.
One of the four times a team grabbed more rebounds than the Bison was in their first meeting with Westminster Dec. 2. Although the Titans registered a 41-26 margin on the glass, Bethany led 52-48 with 1:23 to play. Westminster would rally by scoring the final five points, including a game-winning foul shot by Andi Ridge with 1.1 seconds left for a 53-52 Titan triumph. The Bison were led by freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) with a career-high 18 points, while Westminster’s Jenn Cantella scored a team-best 14 off the bench, which included four three-pointers.
The Titans (6-10, 4-3) have battled through up-and-down stretches this season, but still sit in fourth place in the league. They have lost a pair of games this week, including a 71-66 defeat to Penn State-Beaver Monday and a 72-66 loss at Grove City Wednesday. Against GCC, Westminster trailed by 13 at halftime and never moved closer than nine until there were less than two minutes to play. Reserve forward Sam Higgins led the effort with 16 points and five rebounds.
Points may be at a premium Saturday, as the Bison (57.5) and Titans (57.2) are ranked eighth and ninth, respectively, in the league. Amy Dolsak provides the main scoring punch with 14.2 points per game, ranking her fourth in the PAC. She is also third in the conference with 30 three-pointers, while Cantella ranks third in three-point accuracy at 41.1 (23-56).