Nov. 29 - STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – Junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) recorded 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead four scorers in double digits as the Bethany College women’s basketball team pulled out a 62-54 victory at Franciscan Monday night in their final tune-up for PAC play.
The win moves the Bison to 2-3 this season and gives them momentum heading into their PAC opener Wednesday night against Westminster in a 6 p.m. tip-off at Hummel Field House.
The first half between Bethany and the Barons was close throughout. Seven consecutive points by BC gave them their largest lead of the half at 17-9, but Franciscan stayed close and scored the final four points of the half to make it a 28-26 Bison advantage at the break.
The second period saw Bethany open up a comfortable lead by scoring the first 15 points of the stanza. Junior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) buried two three-pointers and sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) hit one as well to cap the spurt. The lead grew to as large as 52-32 on a three-pointer by junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) and foul shot by Taormina midway through the half.
Franciscan would make a bit of a comeback, trimming the BC lead down to seven with two minutes to play, but the Bison made 5-of-6 from the foul line in the final 1:13 to stave off the Baron comeback and snap a three-game losing streak.
The double-double for Shepherd, who made all six of her free throw attempts, was the third of her career. Also hitting for double digits was Droginske, who knocked down four treys to tally 12, Taormina, who fired in 10 points and also passed out four assists, and junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park), who chipped in 10 points and eight boards.
For the Barons, Marian Weber came off the bench to score a team-leading 13 points.