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Bison Head to Grove City Looking for 1st PAC Win

Nov. 30 -BETHANY, W.Va. - The Bethany College women's basketball team will try to even its PAC record at 1-1 Saturday when it goes to Grove City for a 1 p.m. match-up with the Wolverines.

The Bison fell to 1-4 overall and 0-1 in the league Wednesday with a 62-58 setback to visiting Waynesburg. After leading by three with 15 minutes to play, BC did not hit a field goal over the next 10 minutes, as the Yellow Jackets built a 16-point lead. Bethany made a valiant comeback attempt, using 10 points from senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Monaca) in the final two minutes to slice the deficit to 62-58, but the Green and White ran out of time. Taormina's big finish gave her a team-best 19 points in the game, while senior Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) scored a career-high 14 and junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) hit for 12.

7674Garneau12.jpg Although Garneau (right) had a strong game from the field against Waynesburg, as she was 7-of-13 from the floor, the Bison did not shoot well as a team, making just 27 percent (18-66) of their attempts. As a team, Bethany is looking to heat up, as the Green and White ranks eight in the conference in shooting percentage at 33.7. Although BC was not sharp from the floor on Wednesday, they team did convert 18-of-23 attempts from the foul line (78 percent), with both marks setting season-highs.

Taormina, who is currently ranked seventh in the PAC in scoring (14.0) and 13th in rebounding (6.4), had a pair of strong games as Bethany swept Grove City last year. She had 11 points and Katelynn Hackathorn posted 18 points and 11 boards in BC’s 79-67 triumph at Grove City. In the rematch at Bethany, Taormina had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists, as the Bison rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to claim a 67-61 win and the season sweep over the Wolverines.

Grove City also stands at 0-1 in the league and 1-2 overall coming into Saturday’s fray. After taking a 60-40 win over Baptist Bible in their opening game, the Wolverines have dropped consecutive games at Carnegie Mellon (66-49) and Thomas More (71-45). In Wednesday’s loss to 13th-ranked Thomas More, Grove City was within seven at halftime, but made only 6-of-27 from the floor in the second half. The lone scorer to reach double digits in the loss was Kelsey Shirey with 12 points.

Although the Wolverines are committing the second-most turnovers in the PAC with 26.3 per game, Grove City is leading the conference in rebounding margin at +9.0. A pair of Grove City players are averaging double figures in the scoring column, led by Shirey with 12.0 and Leah Gibson with 11.7. Gibson is also one of the top free throw shooters in the PAC, as she’s made 83.3 percent to rank fifth.