Jan. 17 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) hit six free throws in the final minute to help the Bethany women’s basketball team hold on for a 67-62 triumph at Westminster Saturday afternoon.
The Bison (6-9, 2-4) trailed 10-9 early on, but they surged in front with an 11-2 run and never trailed again. Freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) scored the final seven points of the spurt, which gave BC a 20-12 advantage. Sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) capped a 12-point first half with a jumper and three late in the period to send Bethany into halftime with a 31-26 lead.
Westminster (7-7, 3-4) scored five of the first six points of the second half to get within two, but BC responded with an 11-2 run to take a 43-32 margin. Sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) keyed the stretch with a pair of triples and a jumper. Bethany would hold a comfortable advantage into the late stages of the game and swelled their cushion up to 59-48 on a three from Wilson at the 4:05 mark.
The Titans used a pair of threes from Gina Brunetti to move back into the game. Her first three with 1:13 to play was answered by two foul shots from DiSanti 11 seconds later. Brunetti drilled another trey with 34 seconds remaining to make it a 61-58 Bethany lead, but DiSanti answered again with a pair from the line. Westminster would get two free throws from Kaitlin McCarthy on their next possession to move back within three and a BC turnover gave the Titans a chance for the tie with 11 seconds to go.
Following a timeout, McCarthy drove to the rim but was called for a charge to turn the ball back over to Bethany. McCarthy was then whistled for a technical foul for arguing the call, and DiSanti stepped back to the line, where she swished both attempts. The Bison would hit two more foul shots in the waning seconds to come away with the hard-fought victory.
The Goode twins paced the Bison offense, as Kelly finished with 15, 11 in the second half, and Stacy hit for 12. Wilson came off the bench to contribute 11 points as well. DiSanti delivered another solid all-around effort, as she totaled eight points, six assists and four rebounds.
Brunetti finished as top scorer for Westminster with 18, while McCarthy (15) and Emily Dolsak (12) joined her in double digits.
Bethany will need to build off the momentum of two straight close victories, as they will host a pair of ranked opponents this week. Washington & Jefferson, ranked 25th in this week’s D3Hoops.com poll, will invade Hummel Field House Wednesday for a 6 p.m. tip-off. That will be followed on Saturday with #16 Thomas More coming to Bethany in a 2 p.m. contest.