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Nov. 23 - WOOSTER, Ohio – The Bethany women’s basketball team built a 15-point halftime lead, then was forced to hold on as a Pitt-Bradford three at the buzzer missed to give the Bison a 76-73 triumph in the consolation game of the Wooster Tip-Off Tournament.

In Saturday’s opener against Manchester, BC took a 35-21 halftime advantage, but scored just 17 points in the second half of a 59-52 setback. Sunday’s contest had the same start, as the Bison turned 18 Pitt-Bradford turnovers into 21 points in the first half to surge out to a 43-28 margin at the break.

Bethany led by three early before a 9-2 run extended their margin to 26-16 with 12 minutes left in the half. It was a nine-point BC cushion before buckets by freshmen Katelynn Hackathron (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and Annie Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) in the final two minutes sent Bethany to the locker room with another comfortable lead.

Pitt-Bradford was able to get within five early in the second half, but the Bison’s lead ballooned back out to 13 when senior Renee Bradenburg (Avella, Pa.) had consecutive baskets and sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) scored a lay-up for a 64-51 BC lead with eight minutes to play. The Panthers roared back into the game with nine straight points in a span of 3:26 and nipped at Bethany’s heels the rest of the game.
In Saturday’s loss, Bethany scored just two points in the final six minutes. Needing a lift Sunday as Bethany was clinging to the lead, a youthful presence stepped up. The first-year point guard Wilson knocked down a jumper with two minutes to play to make it a 73-66 lead. She canned four free throws in four attempts down the stretch and hit another foul shot with eight seconds left for a 76-73 advantage. Her second free throw was off, giving the Panthers a chance for the tie, but the attempted three by Katie Moore at the horn was off the mark and Bethany escaped with the narrow win.

The Bison had three scorers reach double digits, including 18 points from Kelly Goode, who also made four steals. Wilson’s late efforts gave her 15 markers, while Brandenburg was 7-for-8 from the floor for 14 points and added six rebounds. Sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) pulled down seven boards to lead BC, while senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) totaled six assists and four steals.

Senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park), who averaged 10 points and 2.5 rebounds per game over the weekend, was selected for All-Tournament team honors.

Moore led Bradford with 18 points, while Danielle Zeamer had 15 and Whitney Cline chipped in 11.

Bethany will return to the floor Tuesday at Mount Union in a game scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m