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BISON BEAT THIEL 65-61 TO CONTINUE ROLL
Feb. 4 - GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Bethany women’s basketball team won their third in a row and sixth in the last seven games with a 65-61 triumph at Thiel Wednesday night, which also evened their overall record at 10-10 and PAC mark at 5-5.
The Tomcats (9-10, 4-7) started the game hot, taking a 13-4 advantage with eight minutes gone. Back-to-back threes from freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) started a 21-7 Bison run that gave BC a 25-20 lead. Thiel answered back with a 12-3 spurt to close the half, with Ashley Davis scoring every point for the Tomcats, and the hosts took a 32-28 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
Sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) canned a trey to open the second half and the rest of the game was close to the end. Bethany led 52-47 when another Thiel player sparked a Tomcat run. The PAC’s leading scorer Amber Bodrick accounted for every tally in a 9-2 run that gave TC their final lead of the game at 56-54. On their next possession, the Bison grabbed two offensive rebounds, which eventually led to a lay-up by Harris to knot the score at 56.
Bethany would reclaim the lead on a three by Wilson with five minutes left and a lay-up from senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) pushed the Bison’s lead to 61-56. A three from Catie Sieber was answered by a trifecta from Kelly Goode to make it 64-59 margin. Thiel made it a one-possession game on two foul shots by Sieber with 38 seconds to go, but BC finally clinched the win on a free throw by Wilson with four ticks remaining.
Wilson finished with a team-high 14 points, pacing a Bethany bench which outscored Thiel’s 36-2. The Bison had two others finish in double digits, including Kelly Goode, who went 3-for-4 from the arc on her way to 13 points, and senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.), who totaled 12 points and seven rebounds.
Bodrick tossed in a game-high 25 markers, while Davis and Kim Stitt each fired in 14.
The win kept the Bison tied with Grove City (9-11, 5-5) for third place in the PAC. Bethany will be back on the floor Saturday when they host Saint Vincent, who is still a provisional member of the PAC, at 2 p.m.