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Bethany Women's Hoops Looks to Return to Form Against W&J

Jan. 16 - BETHANY, W. Va. - The Bethany College women's basketball team will look to push their conference record back to the .500 mark when they host the Presidents' of Washington & Jefferson on Saturday afternoon. Game notes can be seen below.

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The Bison: The Bison women’s basketball team comes into the contest with the Presidents’ looking to get back on track after falling to Westminster, 62-53 on Wednesday evening. In the game, the Bison played well defensively, holding the Titans to just 30.5 percent shooting from the field. However, the Bison allowed a season-high 51 rebounds in the contest and were outscored 20-8 at the free-throw line, which ultimately led to the nine-point difference.

Offensively in the game, freshman Kelsea Daugherty led the way for the Green & White, scoring 15 points while adding a career-high 15 rebounds. She shot 6-of-13 from the field while adding two blocks and two steals.

Junior Gabrielle Naples also played well in the contest, dropping 13 points and adding a career-high four blocks in a reserve role for the Bison. Junior Mikyla Tipton and sophomore Hayley Holenka added eight points, each.

So far on the season, the Bison rank fifth in the PAC in scoring offense, averaging 68.4 points per game. The team also ranks sixth in the PAC in scoring defense (71.1).

Individually, Daugherty ranks seventh in the conference in points per game (13.8) and has cracked the top five in rebounds per contest, sitting fifth with 8.1 per contest. Holenka also ranks in the top ten in the conference in points per game (12.3), while Tipton comes into the contest averaging double figures (10.1).

The Presidents: Washington & Jefferson is coming into the contest on a two-game slide, dropping their last two contests to Thomas More and Saint Vincent by an average of 29.5 points. In their previous game, a 90-61 defeat at the hands of Saint Vincent College, the Presidents were led by Danni Medovich’s 15 points. Beak Bellhy scored 13 points while adding four assists. Valerie Dunlap also scored double figures, posting 12 points.

Currently, W&J ranks third in the conference in scoring differential (+4.1), averaging 68.9 points per game while allowing just 64.7 points per contest. The Presidents also play solid defense, ranking second in opponents’ field goal percentage, allowing other team’s to shoot just .352 from the field.

Last Season:  During the 2013-14 season, the Bison and Presidents squared off a total of three times, including the first round of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Championship Tournament. Bethany came into the contest as the sixth seed, while the Presidents’ were the host at the three seed. The contest went down to the wire, needing overtime to be decided as the Bison fell 85-81. Senior Taylor Verrico’s final game as a Bison was her best as she finished the contest with 36 points, which included shooting 7-of-9 from behind the three-point line. Ultimately, the Presidents held a 3-0 advantage over the Bison during the 2013-14 campaign.

Double-Double Daugherty: Bethany freshman Kelsea Daugherty has taken over since being inserted into the Bison starting lineup nine games ago. Over the last ten contests, Daugherty has averaged 16.3 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. During the ten-game stretch, Daugherty has amassed five double-doubles, including the last three contests in a row. Daugherty started the three-game streak posting game highs (20 points/13 rebounds) against #2 Thomas More College last week. She then followed that with a 15 point, 14 rebound night against Waynesburg, and culminated the stretch with a 15 point/15 rebound performance on Wednesday against Westminster.

Defending the Three: Washington & Jefferson comes into Saturday’s contest ranked first in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference in three-point shooting percentage (.387). W&J boasts four different players who shoot over 40 percent from beyond the arc led by Taylor Cortazzo’s .488 and Danni Medovich’s .419 shooting percentage. The Bison might have the answer for W&J’s sharp shooters, as the Green & White rank first in the PAC in opponent’s three-point percentage, allowing their foes to shoot just .283 from deep. Bethany has allowed just 58 threes on the year (an average of four per game) which ranks second in the conference behind Thomas More’s 55.

Hitting the Boards: Despite being outrebounded in their previous contest, the Bison have had a knack for getting to the basketball off of missed shots. The Green & White currently rank second in the PAC in rebounds per game (44.0). The Bison also come into the game ranked fourth in rebounding margin, outrebounding opponents by 2.3 boards per contest. The Green & White do a solid job on the offensive glass, averaging 15.4 offensive boards per game.

Individually, the Bison are led by Daugherty who averages 8.1 rebounds per game, good for fifth in the PAC. Junior Sami Schott ranks 14th in the conference in rebounds per game (6.0), while Tipton (5.1), Naples (5.1) and Holenka (4.9) also all rank in the top 20. 

Bethany’s top game in rebounding this season came against Chatham University as the team registered 77 boards, including 31 offensive rebounds. At the time, that number was good for the fourth-highest output of the season in all of Division III.