BIG FIRST HALF RUN BY WAYNESBURG SINKS BISON WOMEN
Dec. 4 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Waynesburg used a 25-0 run over the final nine minutes of the opening half to take a 15-point halftime lead and the Bethany College women’s basketball team was unable to climb out of that hole, as they dropped a 60-49 decision to the unbeaten Yellow Jackets Saturday.
With the defeat, Bethany saw their PAC record evened at 1-1, while falling to 3-4 overall. The Yellow Jackets stayed perfect, as they now stand at 6-0 so far and 1-0 in the conference.
The game had a slow start for both teams offensively, but a three-pointer by BC freshman Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) put BC on top 15-5 with 9:03 to go in the first half. Unfortunately, it would be the final Bethany points before halftime, as they missed nine shots from the field, two free throws and turned the ball over 11 times after the Verrico trey.
Waynesburg took full advantage, as Elisha Jones scored seven of her nine points in the 25-point surge, including a pair of free throws with three seconds left in the half to make it a 30-15 Yellow Jacket margin at the break.
Bethany shook off the dismal end to the first half by climbing right back into the contest after the intermission. Two free throws by junior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and a three by sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Monaca) trimmed the deficit to 10 in the opening minute of the half. Later in the period, a 10-2 spurt highlighted by treys from freshman Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) and Droginske had BC right back on the heels of the Yellow Jackets, whose lead was sliced to 40-37 with 10:54 remaining.
That would be as close as Bethany would get the rest of the way, as they done in by cold shooting again, this time from the foul line. The Bison made just 9-of-17 attempts from the charity stripe in the final nine minutes of the game, while the Yellow Jackets shot 81 percent (17-21) for the game, including 5-for-6 in the last minute to clinch the victory.
The Bison, who made just 22 percent (14-64) from the floor, including 25 percent (7-28) from the arc, were led in scoring by Droginske with 14 points. Senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) hauled down a season-high 12 rebounds, including 11 on the offensive end, to help Bethany record a 50-45 advantage on the glass.
A pair of Waynesburg players registered double-doubles in the win, including Jones (21 points, 11 rebounds) and Brittany Spencer (11 points, 11 rebounds).
The Bison will step out of conference for their next match-up, as they travel to Ohio-Eastern for a 7 p.m. tip-off Tuesday night.