Nov. 16 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Carnegie Mellon sank 17-of-21 attempts from the free throw line in the second half, as they pulled away for a 60-55 victory over the Bethany women’s basketball team in the season opener for both teams Monday night in Pittsburgh.
The first half saw the Tartans lead nearly the whole period, but their advantage was never larger than four. The Bison shot 48 percent (11-23) from the floor in the opening stanza, but committed 15 turnovers that were converted into 13 Carnegie Mellon points.
After halftime, Bethany remained within striking distance, but the Tartans took their largest lead when they scored six straight to extend the margin to 48-37 with 5:35 left. The Bethany deficit was still 10 when a three-pointer by sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and a lay-in by sophomore Katelynn Hackathron (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) brought the Bison within five at 52-47 with 2:19 to go.
Despite the surge, Bethany would not cut into the Tartan lead anymore, as the host team drained 6-of-8 from the charity stripe down the stretch to put the win away.
Pacing the Bison in the contest was Hackathorn, who set career-highs with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the floor, and also grabbed seven rebounds. Another strong game was turned in by sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) with nine points, four rebounds and three assists off the bench for Bethany, who shot 44 percent from the floor compared to 38 percent by the Tartans. However, BC did not capitalize on their chances from the foul line, sinking only 47 percent (7-15).
For Carnegie Mellon, Jacki Cortese poured in a game-high 18 points and Emily Peel recorded a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Bethany will return to action this weekend at the Mount St. Joseph Tournament. On Friday, they will play the host school at 5 p.m., then take on Alma (Mich.) College or the University of Cumberlands (Ky.) Saturday at 1 or 3 p.m.