Nov. 24 - WILMINGTON, Ohio – A 23-point halftime deficit was too much to overcome for the Bethany College women’s basketball team Saturday evening, as they suffered an 88-69 loss at Wilmington (Ohio) College in the first round of the Quakers’ Fred Raizk Thanksgiving Tournament.
The Bison (2-2) came out on fire from the arc, as they drained three in the opening five minutes, including a triple from freshman Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) to put BC on top 11-8. However, Wilmington (2-1) turned to All-Region forward Katie Streck, who dropped in nine points during a 20-3 Quaker spurt that put the hosts on top 28-14.
Bethany had issues taking care of the basketball in the first half, as their 17 turnovers were turned into 21 Quaker points to allow WC to build up a 45-23 halftime cushion.
The BC deficit was still 23 two minutes into the second half, but that’s when Bethany made their move. Senior guard Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) tallied nine and freshman guard Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) fired in eight, as the Bison outscored Wilmington 23-8 over the next six minutes. Capping the surge was Mitchell’s jumper with 11:51 to play, which sliced the Quaker lead to 61-53.
But just as quickly as Bethany climbed back into the game did Wilmington pull away again. The Quakers scored on their next five possessions to spark a 13-1 run that swelled their advantage back to 21 and BC was never able to move closer than 16 the rest of the way, moving Wilmington into Sunday’s championship game.
Although Bethany only committed nine turnovers in the second half, they still finished with 26 for the game, while Wilmington only committed 14 and also outscored BC in the paint, 56-22.
Highlighting the Bison’s efforts was Mitchell with 15 points. The Goode sisters both reached double figures as well, with Stacy coming off the bench to score 13 and Kelly notching an even dozen. Junior point guard Caelyn DiSanti paced the Bison on the glass with five boards, while also handing out a team-leading five assists.
For Wilmington, Streck recorded 23 markers and seven rebounds. Three others had 10 or more, including Gina Hyle (16), Jackie Hauke (11) and Ki Godfrey (10).
The Bison will play in Sunday’s consolation game against either Manchester (Mich.) College or Penn State Behrend at 1 p.m. The winner of the Manchester/PSU-Behrend match-up will take on Wilmington at 3 p.m. in the title tilt.