Feb. 15 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Despite double-doubles from sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.), the Bethany College women’s basketball team came up on the short end of a 68-57 decision against visiting Saint Vincent Monday night.
The Bison (7-16) rolled out to a quick lead, as Hackathorn scored the first eight points of the game and BC surged out to a 10-0 advantage. The Bearcats (18-5) didn’t score until the 13:41 mark of the period and slowly chipped away at the Bethany lead the rest of the half. The Bison’s margin stood at 24-16 following a three from junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio), but SVC scored 15 of the next 19 markers to take a three-point lead. Only another triple from Harris with 27 seconds left in the half knotted the score at 31 heading into intermission.
A bucket by Kress opened the second half, but Saint Vincent took the lead for good a couple minutes later on a three by Devin McGrath. Bethany was still within striking distance at 53-50 with eight minutes to play, but a trey from Megan DePrimio started a string of seven consecutive points that ballooned the visitors lead to double digits for the first time. The Bison would only get as close as eight down the stretch and Saint Vincent pulled away to pick up the win.
Bethany finished the evening with a 34-25 rebounding advantage and shot 50 percent (23-46) from the floor compared to 39 percent (24-62) for the Bearcats. The difference in the game was turnovers, as 24 Bison miscues were converted into 26 points by SVC.
Kress paced the Bison with a career-high 16 points and her 11 rebounds gave her four double-doubles in her initial season for the Green and White. It was also the fourth double-double of the year for Hackathorn, who totaled 15 points and 11 boards, and her second in the last three games. Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) rounded out the double digit scorers with 11.
Saint Vincent also had three scorers total double figures, with McGrath turning in a game-high 16, Maria Baroffio firing in 15 and Brittany Sedlock notching 12.
The Bison will be back on the court for an important outing Wednesday night at Chatham. If the Bison win and Waynesburg loses at Washington & Jefferson, then BC would grab the #5 seed for next week’s PAC Tournament. A Chatham victory Wednesday could wind up leaving the Bison as low as the seventh seed for next week’s playoffs. Tip-off at Chatham is scheduled for 7 p.m.