BISON LOOKING TO BREAK ROAD STREAK WEDNESDAY AT THIEL
Feb. 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will start trying to build momentum through the final month of the season Wednesday when they go to Thiel for a PAC contest schedule to begin at 6 p.m.
Wednesday’s game will play a big role in seeding for the upcoming PAC Tournament. Bethany (5-14, 2-7) can surpass Thiel (6-12, 2-6) in the league standings with a win and would also own the tiebreaker over them by sweeping the season series. The Bison posted a 62-47 victory in their initial match-up with the Tomcats earlier this season. BC owned the glass with a 40-26 rebounding advantage and limited Thiel to 36 percent shooting from the floor. Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) scored 14 and freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) notched a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bison came up short of a second straight win Saturday with a 61-57 loss at Geneva. The Green and White led by nine midway through the second half, but a 14-0 Golden Tornado surge helped turned the tide, as Geneva shot 58 percent in the second half. Kress and junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) both scored 11 and sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) added 10 points and six assists.
Unlike the Bison men, BC’s women have struggled on the road this season, as their loss Saturday put them at 0-10 this year in away contests. However, a journey to Greenville might be just what Bethany needs, as they have won their last two trips to Thiel. Two years ago, Harris had 15 points and 15 rebounds in an 80-75 Bison win and then last year, sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) cashed in 14 to help Bethany post a 65-61 triumph.
After starting the year 4-10, the Tomcats have split their last four outings, with both wins coming at home. They are coming off a dreadful shooting performance in Saturday’s game, as they scored just nine first-half points and made just 10-of-50 from the field (20 percent) for the game in a 69-34 loss at #20 Washington & Jefferson. Forward Kelly Barzak amassed 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tomcats, who were out-rebounded 48-28.
Barzak sparks the Thiel attack, as she leads the squad in scoring (12.8) and leads the PAC in blocked shots (2.67). She is also ranked fifth in field goal percentage (50.8) and seventh in rebounding (6.8). Also scoring in double figures is Ashley Davis with 11.8 points per game and she is fifth in the circuit in free throw shooting (80.4).