Feb. 2 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Geneva (Pa.) College (16-3) used a 25-4 run in the second half to rally from a one-point deficit and claim a 75-58 victory over the Bethany College women’s basketball team (10-9) Saturday night.
Both teams had trouble finding a rhythm all night in a game marred by 44 turnovers, including 22 by each team, and 52 fouls, with 31 being whistled on Bethany. The Bison trailed 25-19 with four minutes to go in the first half before they totaled nine straight points, including four by junior guard Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), to take a 28-25 lead. Geneva would forge a 30-30 tie by the break by drilling 5-of-6 from the foul line in final 1:29 of the period. The foul line was a busy spot through the first 20 minutes, as both teams were 13-for-17 from the stripe.
Freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) led the Bison, who shot 27 percent (8-30) in the first stanza, with nine markers. Geneva, who hit just 8-of-28 attempts from the floor (29 percent), was led by Allyson Clarke’s 14 points.
The Bison would hold the lead through the first six minutes of the half, including their biggest margin of 38-33 after back-to-back buckets by McCormick. Bethany would take their final lead of the evening with 11:23 left when Harris sank a triple to give the Green and White a 47-46 advantage.
From there, the Golden Tornadoes took over. Clarke put her team in front for good with a jumper, which started Geneva’s run of scoring 25 of the next 29 points. Clarke was front and center of the spurt, as she scored 13, and the hosts buried 10-of-11 attempts from the free throw line, which helped Geneva turn the one-point deficit into a 71-51 lead and they never looked back.
Pacing Bethany, who finished the game 19-for-28 from the foul line (68 percent) was Harris, who amassed a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds, while McCormick had 12 markers, six rebounds and four assists.
For Geneva, who hit 30 of their 40 free throw attempts, Clarke (29 pts., 13 rebs.) and Michawn Rich (19 pts., 14 rebs.) recorded double-doubles. They were assisted by Megan Hartwig with 11 points off the bench.
The Bison return to PAC action Wednesday with a 6 p.m. home tilt against Thiel (7-11, 4-6), who they held off for an 80-75 triumph in their first meeting Jan. 5.