Jan. 4 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) led a trio of scorers in double figures with 14, as the Bethany women’s basketball team (4-7, 1-2) claimed their first PAC win of the year with a 62-47 triumph over visiting Thiel (3-7, 0-2) Monday night.
The Bison pulled out to a five-point lead three times in the first half, only to see the Tomcats chop it back down to one. Scores by junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio), sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and Taormina pushed BC’s margin to 28-22 with two minutes left in the half, but the visitors answered back again with the final five points of the half to keep it a 28-27 Bethany lead at the break.
After threatening to pull away throughout the first half, Bethany finally seized control to open the second stanza. Consecutive triples by sophomores Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) highlighted a 16-3 surge by BC, which was capped off by back-to-back buckets from Harris to extend the Bison’s lead to 46-31 at the midway point of the half.
That run was too much for the Tomcats to overcome, as the Green and White defense limited Thiel to just 24 percent (6-25) shooting in the second half. Bethany also continued their control of the boards, as they finished with a 40-26 rebounding advantage. That included 16 offensive caroms, which were converted into 16 second-chance points.
Spearheading the balanced Bison scoring was Taromina, who dropped in 14 points for her fifth consecutive game in double digits. Freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) came off the bench to record her second double-double of the season with 10 markers and 11 boards and Harris, playing in her initial game of the season after missing the first 10 contests because of injury, chipped in with 10 points in only nine minutes of action.
Leading Thiel’s efforts was Kelly Barzak with 14 points and four steals.
Bethany will try to even their conference record at 2-2 Thursday night when they travel to Grove City for a 6 p.m. tip-off.