Nov. 28 - BETHANY, W.Va. – A 19-4 run midway through the second half broke open a close game and sent Marietta (Ohio) College (2-3) to a 74-63 victory over the visiting Bethany College women’s basketball team (3-3) Wednesday night.
The Bison never trailed in the first half and led by as many as nine, which came when freshman guard Kelly Goode (Pleasant Point, Ohio/Little Miami) sank back-to-back jumpers to give BC a 33-24 cushion with 1:57 to go before halftime. But the Pioneers closed the half with seven straight points, including a jumper by Justine Pagenhardt with three seconds left to make it a 33-31 Bison lead at the break.
Goode led Bethany with 11 markers by halftime, but Pagenhardt single-handedly kept Marietta in the contest, as she fired in 20, including a string of 12 consecutive points midway through the period.
Pagenhardt would also ignite the key second half run that would propel the Pioneers to victory. Bethany junior forward Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) knocked down a jumper with 11:11 remaining to keep BC on top 51-48. But on consecutive possessions, Pagenhardt drilled a jumper and a three to give Marietta their first lead of the game at 53-51. By the time the spurt was over, the hosts led 67-55 with 4:19 to play.
The Bison made one final push, as buckets by Brandenburg, Goode and senior guard Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) trimmed the Pioneer lead to 67-61 with 1:59 to go. However, Bethany would miss their final four shots from the floor and Marietta iced the win by going 5-for-6 from the foul line.
Leading BC’s efforts was Goode, who racked up 19 points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists. Joining her in double digits with 16 points was Brandenburg, who also had six boards and four blocks.
Pagenhardt’s huge night ended with 32 points and six rebounds, while Amanda Carraher hit four triples and notched 14.
In their next action, the Bison open PAC play with a home date against Thomas More (Ky.) College Saturday. The Saints, who knocked off the defending national champion DePauw (Ind.) University last weekend, will enter the game unbeaten at 4-0 and ranked 14th in the nation according to the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 poll and 17th in the D3Hoops.com rankings. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.