Jan. 19 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball lost to Washington & Jefferson in a conference game Wednesday night in Hummel Field House, 75-64. The loss drops the Bison to 2-6 in PAC and 7-9 overall while the Presidents improve to 5-3 in conference play and 7-9 overall.
The first half saw the Presidents’ Catlyn Kriston sink four three-pointers, which were all of her points on the evening. In the first, there was back and forth action with four ties and seven lead changes. With the Bison leading 19-12, their largest lead of the night, the Presidents went on a 13-2 run. The run was paced by two three-pointers by Kriston. The score again would be deadlocked at 31 when W&J posted the final seven points of the half to take a 38-31 into the intermission.
The first half saw both teams shoot well from the floor, as the Bison shot 45.8% and W&J shot 55.6%, including 57% from behind the arc. Bethany sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) paced the way for the Bison in the first half with 10 points while also grabbing four rebounds. Kriston had all 12 of her points while Vanessa Rivera chipped in eight.
The second half was going the Presidents’ way, as they forged out to a 51-38 lead, but from there the Bison began their climb. BC would use a couple easy layups and some clutch three-pointers to get back into the game. A jumper by junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) cut the lead the lead to just three with six minutes remaining in the game. Then came a mini-run by W&J and Rivera’s layup with five minutes remaining pushed the lead back to eight and the Bison would get no closer.
The Bison as a team would shoot a high percentage from the field (42.9%) but couldn’t string together the stops they needed to get the victory. Junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) would lead the way for Bethany with 18 points including 8-for-9 from the free line. Taormina would chip in 17 points while grabbing five rebounds.
The Presidents shot 52.8% from the field and 50% from long range in the victory. They were led by Rivera’s 20 points and Ashley Kirkpatrick would also have double figures with 17 points, as well as five rebounds.
The next game for the Bison will be on the road against conference opponent Westminster this Saturday. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
By Nate Tieman Sports Information Student Assistant