BETHANY SUFFERS 69-54 LOSS TO HIRAM TO CLOSE BEHREND TOURNAMENT
Nov. 19 - ERIE, Pa. – Despite another strong game from senior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va/Magnolia), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, the Bethany College women’s basketball team dropped a 69-54 decision to Hiram Saturday in the consolation game of the Penn State Behrend Tournament.
The Bison (0-3) and Terriers (1-2) were evenly matched for much of the first half until a big surge by Hiram gave them a 37-24 halftime lead. Bethany took its largest lead of the game when junior Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) hit two foul shots for a 20-17 BC advantage with 7:31 left in the half. On their next possession, the Terriers tied the score on a three-pointer by Calysia Smyers, which started a 20-4 run to close the first period and give Hiram a 13-point cushion at the break.
Bethany cut into the Terrier lead on a couple occasions in the second half. The biggest push came during a 12-4 spurt highlighted by a three-point play from Garneau and two baskets by senior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) that trimmed the Hiram lead to 51-44.
The lead would get no smaller than that the rest of the game for Hiram, who answered immediately with seven consecutive points to build their margin back to 60-44 and they went on to the win. Another tough shooting night hampered Bethany’s hopes for a victory against Hiram. After shooting only 32 percent in the first round defeat to Marietta Friday, the Bison made just 29 percent of their shots Saturday, including a frigid 13 percent (3-23) from the arc.
Shepherd was the only BC player to notch double figures, as she dropped in 13 and also gripped eight rebounds to lead the team in that category as well. Junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) amassed eight points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game.
Hiram’s leading scorer was its All-Tournament team selection in Tiffany Shields, who fired in 25 points off 5-for-6 shooting from deep.
The Bison are now off from game competition for the Thanksgiving break and will return to the court Monday, Nov. 28th with a home game against Franciscan at 7 p.m.