Dec. 4 -BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will host Geneva Wednesday night in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) clash with the winner to emerge with their first league victory of the season.
The Bison (2-5, 0-2) picked up their second victory of the season Monday night with a 62-47 triumph at Franciscan. After building an 11-point halftime lead, BC used balanced scoring to take as large as a 28-point cushion before cruising to the final margin. Freshman Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) led 10 Bison in the scorebooks with a career-high 11 points and senior Rebecca Braithwaite (right - Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) posted career-highs with nine points and six rebounds.
The 62 points from Bethany marks the second-highest total of the season, as the Green and White are seventh in the league with 54.1 points per game. However, the Bison defense has turned it up a notch this season. Only two teams have scored over 60 points against them this year and at 58.1 points allowed per game, Bethany ranks third in the conference. In addition to the scoring, BC has limited the opposition to 35.7 percent shooting from the floor, second-lowest in the conference, and 26.8 percent accuracy from the arc, which is third in the PAC.
Bethany’s defense was stellar in last year’s two match-ups with the Golden Tornadoes, allowing an average of 39 points in a pair of victories. The BC reserves also played a big role in the two wins, as junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) came off the bench to score a then-career-high 13 points, as BC subs outscored Geneva’s 31-2 to lead the Green and White to a 61-35 victory. The second game at Geneva saw the Bison bench total 34 points in a 66-43 triumph, which was Bethany’s third straight over the Golden Tornadoes.
At 0-6 overall and 0-2 in the PAC, Geneva is also in search of its first conference win of the year. The GTs, who rank 10th in the league in scoring (45.8), did set a season-high for points in Saturday’s game at Chatham, but still came up short in an 83-71 defeat. Geneva was only down two at halftime, but a 16-0 spurt by the Cougars midway through the second half was too much for the Tornadoes to overcome. Freshman guard Heidi Mann set a season-best with 20 points and made six steals and junior forward Samantha Fisher recorded a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds.
One of only two seniors on the youthful roster, guard Leah Prisuta leads Geneva with 10.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 steals and 1.8 blocks for the season. Mann is also scoring in double figures with 10.0 points per game, while adding a team-high 2.5 assists and 2.3 steals. Prisuta and Mann’s efforts on the defensive end are helping Geneva create 22.5 turnovers per game from their opponents, the second-most in the PAC.