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BETHANY EDGES CHATHAM 60-56 FOR FIRST PAC VICTORY
Jan. 14 - BETHANY, W.Va. - The Bethany women’s basketball team (5-9, 1-4) overcame a sluggish start and a three-point halftime deficit to pull out a 60-56 victory over visiting Chatham Wednesday night for their first PAC win of the season.
The contest, originally scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., didn’t start until 7, as the Cougars (7-6, 1-4) braved the snowy conditions from Pittsburgh to make the journey. Their trip was rewarded in the early going, as they took a 25-22 lead at halftime. Neither team was very crisp in the opening period, as Bethany shot just 27 percent (7-26), while Chatham shot 50 percent (10-20). However, the Bison forced 16 Cougar turnovers in the first half, which allowed the Green and White to stay close.
After the teams exchanged baskets to open the second half, Bethany went on a decisive run. Five different players scored during an 18-3 spurt, which was capped by consecutive hoops from freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs), and BC took a 42-30 advantage with 12:27 to play. Bethany still seemed in control with a 51-41 lead with 2:18 to go, but the Cougars made one final rush. Barb Petty scored every point in an 11-3 Chatham and her three-point play with 34 seconds remaining trimmed the Bethany lead to 54-52.
The Bison were able to hang on with some clutch foul shooting down the stretch. Senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic), sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) and Wilson all made two free throws each in the closing seconds to preserve the Bethany triumph.
Senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) led the Bison offense with 13 points, 11 coming in the second half. Wilson was 8-for-10 from the foul line on her way to 12 points and senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) finished with 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Chatham was led by Petty with 16.
Bethany will return to the hardwood Saturday with a PAC clash at Westminster. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.