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Jan. 12 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women’s basketball team (4-9, 1-3) will be trying to pull off a big upset against Thomas More (11-2, 4-1), who is ranked 19th in this week’s poll, Wednesday night when the Saints come to Hummel Field House for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

It was just under a year ago that BC managed to knock off a Top 20 program. On Jan. 21, 2009, Bethany bounced #20 Washington & Jefferson from the rankings with a 66-61 upset at Hummel Field House.

Bethany has dropped four of their last five games, including a 70-56 defeat Saturday at Saint Vincent. After cutting a 10-point deficit down to three in the second half, BC’s hopes were dimmed by a 14-2 Bearcat run and the Green and White never moved closer than eight the rest of the way. Sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) collected 18 points, one off her career-high, and seven rebounds in the loss.

During this recent stretch, the Bethany offense has been struggling to put points on the board. They have scored over 60 points just once and are averaging 51.8 points over the last five outings. The 60-point barrier seems to be the trigger for the Bison, as they are 4-2 when they surpass that total and 0-7 when held below that threshold.

When the Bison do score, the play was likely set up by a pass from one of the two starting guards. Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) is ranked second in the conference with 3.54 assists and passed out a season-high six helpers in victories over Alma and Thiel this season. Her running mate in the backcourt, sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central), stands fourth in the circuit in assists at 3.23.

Thomas More lost four of five starters from last year’s team that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, but the Saints just reloaded for this season. They opened the campaign with nine straight victories before falling to Trinity (Conn.), who is 10-2 this season. The Saints took two of three last week, wrapping wins over Geneva (70-57) and Waynesburg (82-52) around a four-point loss on the road at Washington & Jefferson, who is tied with TMC for the top spot in the conference.

In Saturday’s victory over Waynesburg, Thomas More expanded an eight-point halftime lead by shooting 56 percent (5-9) from the arc and 94 percent (16-17) from the foul line in the second half. Freshman Chelsea Tolliver hit four three-pointers and pumped in 25 points to match her season-high. The first-year guard is ranked third in the PAC in scoring with 14.2 points per game, while the inside game goes through junior Nicole Dickman. The 6-0 center is averaging 11.3 points per game and is first in the PAC in field goal percentage (59.6) and third in rebounding (7.7).