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Bison Open 2nd Half of PAC Slate Saturday at Waynesburg
Jan. 18 -BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will start the second half of the conference schedule Saturday when its travels to Waynesburg (Pa.) University for a 1:30 p.m. tip-off.
The Bison (5-11, 3-6) will be anxious to put their last outing behind them, as they dropped a 95-42 decision Wednesday night to 10th-ranked Thomas More. The Saints took advantage of 35 BC turnovers by converting those into 49 points. Junior Taylor Verrico (right - Monaca, Pa./Quigley) had 15 points in the first half and finished the night with 19 to lead the Bison. It was her eighth consecutive game with double-digit points.
The large number of miscues by the Bison Wednesday was a rarity this season, as it was just the second time in the last 10 games that Bethany turned the ball over more than 20 times. All five BC victories have come when the Green and White commit fewer than 20 turnovers and they average just 17.2 miscues in their five victories.
Turnovers did play a role in the first meeting this season between Bethany and Waynesburg on Nov. 28th. Twenty-two Bison miscues were converted into 21 Yellow Jacket points, including 13 in the second half, as Waynesburg held on for a 62-58 win at BC. The Yellow Jackets led by 16 with 3:48 to play before a furious Bethany rally came up short. Leading the Bison was senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) with 19 points and senior Carly Garneau (right - Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) with 14, while junior point guard Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) grabbed 11 rebounds. Waynesburg was paced by Brittany Spencer, who went off for 26 points and 11 rebounds, while Lauren Blair came off the bench for 11 markers.
Although Waynesburg is 7-9 overall, its 6-3 record in the conference has them in fourth place in the standings. The Yellow Jackets had a four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday with a 72-54 loss at home to Saint Vincent. A 46-36 Bearcat advantage on the boards and a 1-for-14 shooting performance from the three-point line was just too much for Waynesburg to overcome. Spencer went 8-for-9 from the foul line to tally a team-best 18 points and forward Paige Pearce chipped in 10 before fouling out.
The Yellow Jackets will put points on the board, as they are second in the PAC in scoring at 65.1 points per game. Teams can also score their fair share, as Waynesburg is eighth in the league in scoring defense (62.1) and seven teams have posted 70 or more against this season. Five players are scoring seven or more points a game for Waynesburg, led by Spencer, who is eighth in the PAC with 13.1 points per game and she is also ninth in rebounding with 6.9. Guards Jesse Drayer (8.6 points, 33 assists) and Hayden Giuliani (7.9 points, 25 three-pointers) are threats on the outside, while Elaine Hasek (7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds) provides the Jackets with another option in the front court.