Feb. 5 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to pick up their second straight victory Saturday when they host Grove City. As of late Friday afternoon, the game was still slated to begin at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.
Bethany (6-14, 3-7) has picked up their play as of late, winning two of their last three. Most recently, they came away with a 55-52 victory on the road Wednesday at Thiel. Sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) scored the go-ahead basket with 45 seconds to play and BC was able to hang on for their first road win of the season. Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) had a game-high 18 points for the Green and White, who pounded the glass for a 38-23 advantage.
The Bison also shot 44.7 percent from the field in the victory and for the year, they are ranked third in the PAC in field goal percentage at 40.3. That number is the magic mark for Bethany, as five of their six wins have come when they make better than 40 percent of their shots in a game. It bodes well that BC has three of their final five games at Hummel Field House, where they are shooting 41.6 percent in eight games this year.
One of the coldest shooting performances posted by the Bison this season came earlier this year at Grove City, when they shot 34 percent in a 65-48 setback to the Wolverines. Bethany led by one midway through the second half but GCC closed the game with a 26-8 run. Christine Slater led all scorers with 16 in the contest, while Wilson tossed in a team-high 11 for BC.
Grove City (10-10, 7-4) has a firm grip on third place in the PAC, thanks to back-to-back home wins. The latest came Wednesday with a 57-40 victory over Chatham, as the Wolverines led by five at halftime before limiting the Cougars to 17 second-half points. Guard Megan Gebrosky scored a career-high 19 and GCC held a 37-23 rebounding advantage in the victory.
Bethany will have to slow down one of the top players in the PAC in Slater, who leads the league in scoring with 16.6 points per game and is second in rebounding at 8.7. As a team, Grove City relies on forcing turnovers defensively, as they rank second in the league by forcing 22.0 miscues per game, and also rank second in free throw percentage at 72.6.