Jan. 12 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – A 12-1 run midway through the second half erased a six-point deficit and helped the Bethany College women’s basketball team pull away for a 56-47 victory at Grove City (Pa.) College Saturday afternoon.
The victory, coupled with a Thomas More win over Washington & Jefferson, moves the Bison (7-5, 3-1) into sole possession of second place in the PAC behind Thomas More. The Wolverines fell to 3-10 overall and 0-5 in the league.
It was a sloppy first half by both teams, as they combined for 26 turnovers. GCC led for most of the half, including a 10-4 advantage out of the gate. Their lead was 16-13 with seven minutes left before consecutive hoops by freshman Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) and junior Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) gave BC their first lead of the game at 17-16 at the 4:45 mark. The teams swapped the lead five more times before the break, with the Wolverines managing a 22-21 halftime lead on Shannon Overdorff’s lay-in late in the stanza.
Bethany’s offense shot just 36 percent (9-25) in the first half while also committing 14 turnovers. Grove City struggled offensively as well, connecting on just 33 percent (10-30) of their shot attempts and making 12 miscues.
Grove City scored the first two buckets of the second half and when Laura Miller buried a three with 15:17 to play, the hosts had a 29-23 advantage. The Bison’s big run started on a pair of free throws by Stacy Goode and followed by a Cartland jumper. Junior Kaitlin McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) cut the deficit to one with a pair of free throws, then put BC in front for good with a lay-up. The Green and White spurt was capped on a lay-up from freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) and a lay-up from Cartland, which put Bethany on top 35-30 with 10 minutes to go.
From there, the Bison just had to fend off a pesky Wolverine team. Six times over the next seven minutes, Grove City scored to cut the Bethany lead to three, but the Bison answered back every time. GCC was within four at 48-44 with 2:20 on the clock, but Bethany clinched the victory by notching eight straight points, including a pair of lay-ups from Stacy Goode.
Bethany’s bench was once again the key to the game. Cartland totaled 12 points and Goode fired in 10, as the BC reserves outscored Grove City’s 30-0. Also reaching double digits for the Bison was senior guard Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) with 11.
Grove City had two players record double-doubles, including Brittany Anderson (11 points, 12 rebounds) and Krista Beechy (10 points, 15 rebounds).
The Bison return to the hardwood Monday with a non-conference tilt at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University at 7 p.m. Last year, Bethany defeated the Tartans 67-66 on a three-pointer by Mitchell at the buzzer.