Bethany Falls Short Against Waynesburg in 62-58 Setback
Nov. 28 -BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team chopped a 16-point deficit with 3:49 left down to four, but ran out of time and visiting Waynesburg held on for a 62-58 victory over the Bison Wednesday night in the opening PAC contest of the season for both teams.
The momentum bounced back and forth between the teams throughout the first half, with five ties and two lead changes. After trailing by as many as nine in the opening stanza, senior Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) tallied six during a 14-2 push by the Bison that put them on top 27-25. Waynesburg managed to score the final two baskets of the half and took a 29-27 lead into halftime.
Garneau (right) would score a pair of hoops in an early 7-0 BC spurt that gave the home team their biggest lead of the night. The Bison led by three at 34-31 with 15 minutes left to play when the Yellow Jackets snapped off a string of 18 consecutive points. Bethany, who had taken the three-point advantage on a jumper by Garneau, went nearly 11 minutes without a field goal. BC’s next bucket was another Garneau score with 4:17 to play and that was answered by a trey and lay-in by Waynesburg’s Lauren Blair to extend the Jacket’s lead to 56-40 with 3:49 to go.
Bethany began chipping away at the Waynesburg advantage with a three-point play and a lay-up from junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) sandwiched around a Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) foul shot. Then Taormina caught fire over the last two minutes. She rifled in 10 points over that stretch and her trey with four seconds to go had Bethany within four at 62-58.
The Bison managed to force a turnover on the ensuing inbounds play, but BC just didn’t have enough time to complete the comeback. Although Bethany limited Waynesburg to 36 percent shooting, the Bison were even colder from the floor, connecting on just 27 percent of their attempts.
Taormina’s big push at the end gave her a team-leading 19 points for the game and she also grabbed nine rebounds. Garneau set a new career-best by scoring 14 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor and Verrico contributed with a dozen markers. Also setting a career-high was junior point guard Skylar Williams (right - Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson), as she pulled down 11 rebounds to go along with five points and three steals.
Waynesburg was led by Brittany Spencer with 26 points and 11 rebounds and Blair cashed in 11 off the bench.
The Bison will try to even their PAC mark on Saturday when they take a road trip to Grove City. The Wolverines will also be looking for their first league win after suffering a 71-45 defeat at Thomas More Wednesday. Bethany and Grove City will tip off their contest at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.