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BETHANY AIMS TO SPLIT SEASON SERIES WITH WAYNESBURG
Feb. 7 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Fresh off a huge comeback win Saturday, the Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to build off that momentum Wednesday in a road game at Waynesburg. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The Bison (13-8, 9-5) trailed visiting Washington & Jefferson by 18 points four minutes into the second half on Saturday. The Green and White roared back with a 29-3 run and then held off the Presidents for a 68-60 victory. Two seniors were the top scorers for BC, with Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) firing in 10 of her 15 after halftime and Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) had 15 points and 10 boards. Junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) also had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The comeback has become standard practice for the Bison recently. In three of their last four victories, Bethany has trailed at halftime, but recovered to take wins over Grove City, Chatham and W&J. Droginske, who has averaged over 17 points in those three games, has been at the center of all the rallies. In addition to her heroics against W&J, she hit for 13 of her 22 in the second half against Grove City and fired in nine of her 15 tallies following the intermission in the triumph over Chatham.
Bethany’s recent surge, which has seen the Green and White win four of five since starting the second half of the PAC slate, has been fueled by a bigger presence on the glass. In the four victories, the Bison have out-rebounded their foes by an average of 13.3 and grabbed more than 16 offensive rebounds per game. The big run against W&J Saturday was keyed by eight offensive rebounds and Taormina kept many possessions alive with seven offensive boards in the second half.
The first meeting between Bethany and Waynesburg on Jan. 11th saw BC manage a 44-37 rebounding advantage. But 23 Bison turnovers and the Yellow Jackets hitting 9-of-16 from the arc were big reasons Waynesburg emerged with a 92-76 victory. Hannah Hunter (22 points) and Jessi Drayer (21 points) were a combined 8-for-12 from deep to lead the winning effort. The Bison were paced by senior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) with 15 points and Droginske and Taormina with 13 apiece.
Waynesburg (16-5, 11-3) opened the second half of the PAC schedule with losses to Thiel and Westminster, but have righted the ship with three straight wins. On Saturday, the Yellow Jackets completed a season sweep over Saint Vincent with a 74-66 win. Hunter hit for a game-high 20 points and Elaine Hasek recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards.
The Yellow Jackets will not be easy to take down in their own gym, as they are 9-0 in the Marisa Fieldhouse this year and have won 14 straight dating back almost a full year. Hunter triggers the Waynesburg attack with 12.8 points (seventh in PAC), 5.24 assists (second) and 2.9 steals (second). Drayer is second in the conference in scoring with 15.4 points per game and forward Brittany Spencer also averages double digits in scoring (10.0) and ranks sixth in the PAC in rebounding with 7.4 boards.