Nov. 24 - BETHANY, W.Va. - Sophomore Renee Shepherd's (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) career-high 17 points wasn't enough, as Muskingum used a 20-6 scoring advantage at the foul line to come away with a 70-63 victory over the Bethany women's basketball team Tuesday night at Hummel Field House.
The Muskies (2-1), who converted 11 BC miscues into 13 points before the break, closed the first half with a 14-5 run to build a 35-28 lead heading into halftime. The visitors' advantage would grow to as large as a dozen points in the second half, but Bethany (1-3) chipped away and managed to get within four at 65-61 on a trey by Shepherd with 2:20 to go.
That would be as close as the Bison would get, as Shepherd's triple was answered on the other end by a three from Muskingum's Carissa Bosch and the Muskies used a pair of foul shots in the closing seconds to secure the win. Following intermission, Muskingum converted on 12-of-14 trips to the line and finished the game shooting 77 percent (20-26). On the other side, the Bison, who hit 50 percent (25-50) from the field, made just 6-of-10 tries from the charity stripe.
Shepherd led the Green and White efforts with three three-pointers and a personal-best 17 markers, while also grabbing a team-high eight rebounds. Also reaching double figures was sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and freshman Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) with 10 each.
Pacing the Muskies in their win was Suzanne Nichols with 19 points and Amanda Dobbins with 13 points and 13 boards.
The Bison will now take the Thanksgiving holiday off and return to the floor next Wednesday, Dec. 2, with a road trip to Westminster for the PAC opener for both schools. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m.