BETHANY STARTS SEASON OFF WITH 65-54 WIN OVER CARNEGIE MELLON
Nov. 15 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Four players scored in double digits to pace the Bethany College women’s basketball team to a 65-54 season-opening victory over Carnegie Mellon Monday night at Hummel Field House.
The first half was a battle between the Bison’s balanced offense and the Tartans two-pronged attack of Jackie Cortese and Nicole Vaccarella. Bethany, who had five different players score five points in the opening half, took as large as a seven-point lead when junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) scored on a putback for a 28-21 margin. But Carnegie Mellon, helped by 12 points from Cortese and 10 markers from Vaccarella, came back tie the score before a lay-up from sophomore Kayla Taormina (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) gave the Bison a 32-30 halftime lead.
The second half would be back and forth as well, with four ties and six lead changes. A six-point BC lead was wiped out by nine consecutive Tartan points, seven coming Jennifer Larsen, to put the guests in front 53-50 with 5:46 to play.
The rest of the game belonged to Bethany, as they tallied nine consecutive points of their own and out-scored the Tartans 14-1 down the stretch. Senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) recorded all six of her points during the run and Hackathorn scored five in a row to help BC rally for the win, their first in a season opener since 2007.
Bethany’s balanced attack was led by Hackathorn and senior guard Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) with 11 points each, and Hackathorn added 10 boards for the double-double. Taromina chipped in with 10 points, as did junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson), who fired in all 10 after halftime. Harris’ six-point outburst in the closing minutes complimented her game-high 11 boards and five steals.
Cortese led all scorers with 18 points in the loss for Carnegie Mellon, who shot 50 percent in the first half, but was limited to just 30 percent (9-30) in the second period.
The Bison will be back on the court Friday at the Washington & Jefferson Classic when they face Denison at 6 p.m.