Dec. 5 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Bethany women’s basketball team trimmed a nine-point second half deficit down to two and had a chance to win the game, but a three-pointer at the buzzer was just short, allowing Waynesburg to hang on for a 60-58 win over the Bison Saturday afternoon.
The loss dropped BC’s record to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the PAC, with the five defeats coming by a total of 16 points and only one of those being by more than five. The Yellow Jackets improved to 2-3 and 1-1 with the narrow win.
Bethany used a 10-0 run in the first half to turn a four-point deficit into a 15-9 lead and they extended their margin to 22-15 with 4:27 to go in the half. Waynesburg responded with an 11-1 burst, capped off by Morgan Hoone’s fourth three-pointer of the half. Bison sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) did answer with a trey on the other end to square the game at 26 heading into halftime.
The Yellow Jackets opened the second half with 10 of the first 14 points to claim a 36-30 lead, which eventually grew to 53-44 on an Elisha Jones jumper at the 7:56 mark. As they have in every game this season, Bethany battled right back, as sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) scored four and freshman Liz Holzheimer (Mentor, Ohio) tallied three in a 9-2 spurt to bring BC within a bucket at 55-53.
Waynesburg looked like they would hold on for the win when a Jones bucket with a minute to play put them up 60-55, but BC freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) hit one foul shot and Wilson hit a pair to make it a two-point game. The final minute saw the Yellow Jackets commit one turnover and miss two front ends of one-and-ones, including a try with 21 seconds left to give Bethany one last chance. A jumper from Droginske was off the mark and after a wild scramble, freshman Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) ended up with the ball. She hoisted a three from the left corner as time expired that came off the front of the rim and Waynesburg escaped with the triumph.
Pacing the Bison’s scoring in the contest was Wilson, who canned a trio of three-pointers and finished with a career-high 19, while also handing out three assists. Droginske was the only other BC player in double digits, as she notched eight of her 13 in the second half.
Leading the way for Waynesburg, who turned 11 offensive rebounds in the second half into 11 points, was Jones with 13 and Hoone and Brittany Spencer with 12 each.
Bethany will be back on the floor Tuesday with a non-conference home game against Pitt-Bradford at 7 p.m.