Jan. 27 - BETHANY, W.Va. – With two straight wins and victories in four of their last five, the Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to build on its current streak Saturday when Chatham comes to Nutting Gymnasium for a 2 p.m. tip-off.
The Bison (11-7, 7-4) remained in fourth place in the PAC and climbed to within a game of third Wednesday night with a 66-43 victory at Geneva. A 22-5 run to close out the first half gave BC a 39-21 lead at the break and they coasted to the win from there. Fueling the victory was a 41-20 rebounding advantage and season-best 50 percent (24-48) shooting from the floor.
Senior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) hit three three-pointers and tallied a game-high 16, while senior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) totaled 12 points, six rebounds and five steals and senior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) dropped in 10 off the bench. The big night for Wilson gave her 951 points as a Bison and with another 49, she will become the 15th women’s player in school history to reach 1,000 for her career.
Bethany can earn its third season sweep of a conference opponent Saturday after taking both meetings with Grove City and Geneva so far. In the first match-up with Chatham Dec. 7, the Bison turned 23 Cougar turnovers into 28 points en route to a 72-48 triumph in Pittsburgh. Senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) delivered a game-high 17 points, while junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds and Wilson chipped in with a dozen markers and five steals.
Chatham (3-15, 0-11) is looking to break a three-game losing skid as well as claim its first PAC win of the season. On Wednesday, the Cougars were dealt a 74-45 defeat at the hands of Saint Vincent. It was a tough shooting night for Chatham, who made just 23 percent from the floor, including 2-for-21 from the arc. They did make 13-of-16 from the foul line in the contest, with Carly Zelenak knocking down seven of those. That helped Zelenak post a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Zelenak has been huge on the glass this year for Chatham, as she ranks fourth in the PAC with 7.9 rebounds per game. She has six games with 10+ boards, including double-doubles against Saint Vincent and earlier this year in a win over Wilson (Pa.) College. She also ranks third on the team in scoring with 7.8 points per game. Guard Lizz King is the top scorer for the Cougars with 10.0 points per game and she is a perfect 30-for-30 from the foul line this year. Also having a nice year is forward Marguerite Sargent, who is posting 9.8 points per game and has team-highs in assists (47) and steals (44).