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Bison Place Nine on PAC 60th Anniversary Women’s Basketball Team

Nov. 13 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Bethany College women’s basketball program saw nine former athletes named to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference All-60th anniversary list, announced the conference office on Thursday.

The list included Nikki Babik ‘05, Liz Broughton ‘97, Stephanie Cunningham-Roskandich ‘99, Katie Hardie ’04, Dianne Hess Dish ‘87, Jill (Kamerer) Smith ‘01, Kelley Richardson ‘04, Jennifer Rodkey ‘96 and Rosanne Scott ‘00.

Babik helped the Bison to two NCAA Tournament appearances and two PAC Championships. A four-time All-PAC selection, she was twice named to the league’s second team. Babik currently ranks first in Bethany history with 204 three-pointers and ninth among Bethany’s career points leaders with 1,206. Her 59 three-pointers in 2003-04 are the second-most in Bison single-season history.

Broughton helped lead the Bison to their first PAC title and NCAA Division III Tournament appearance in program history in 1997. A three-time All-PAC selection, she finished her career seventh on the Bethany career scoring list with 1,250 points.

Cunningham-Roksandich had a storied career with the Bethany women’s basketball program. She helped lead the Bison to 73-29 record during her career and win its first PAC title in school history (1997). Bethany reached postseason play four times throughout her career, including the 1997 NCAA Division III Championships and the ECAC Championships in 1995, 1996 and 1999. After earning PAC Freshman of the Year distinction in 1995, Cunningham-Roksandich was a First Team All-PAC selection in 1996 and 1997 and a Second Team choice in 1999. She averaged 13.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game over her career. She owns the school record with 12 steals in a game, and in that same matchup with Notre Dame (Md.) College in 1995, she recorded the first triple-double in school history with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 12 steals. Once her career was complete, Cunningham-Roksandich ranked second in all-time points scored with 1,443 (still ranked fifth), second in career rebounds with 800 (still third) and was the all-time leader in steals with 228 (still third). Cunningham-Roksandich was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame in 1999. 

Over her four-year career with the Bison, Hardie notched three All-PAC honors, which includes claiming PAC Player of the Year honors in 2002. She led the Bison to three PAC titles and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. She also etched her name in the Bison record books, ranking fourth in career rebounds (795) and sixth in points scored (1,262).

Hess-Dish was a two-time First Team All-PAC selection for the Bison. She was also a part of a new era of Bethany women’s basketball, participating in the inaugural season of PAC women’s basketball in 1984-85. Hess-Dish ranks fourth in program history with 1,461 career points. She was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2001.

Smith was a four-year letter winner for a Bison women’s basketball program that won four PAC Championships and made three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances. As a freshman, Smith averaged 12.4 points and 7.4 rebounds as a reserve player, helping Bethany to its first PAC title. After missing most of the 1998 season due to injury, she bounced back to earn her initial First Team All-PAC award, leading the conference in scoring at 16.6 points per game, and when on to earn First Team All-PAC honors during both the 2000 and 2001 seasons. In 2000, she led the league in scoring (19.7 PPG) while ranking first in field goal percentage (.515) and third in rebounds (7.5 RPG). In the following season, Smith was named the PAC MVP after leading the league in points per game for the second-straight year (20.5). She averaged a double-double in the PAC Championship Tournament (19.5 points, 10.5 rebounds), helping the Bison to their third NCAA Tournament appearance. Smith finished her career as Bethany’s all-time leading scorer with 1,914 points, a record which still stands. She also held Bethany single-season record for points (551). Smith was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2014.

Richardson was a four-year standout for the Bethany women’s basketball program. Leading the team to four-straight PAC crowns, along with three-straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, Richardson was voted the PAC’s Player of the Year as a senior. During her tenure she also collected two First Team All-PAC selections and a Second Team All-PAC selection. Richardson holds Bethany’s all-time rebounding mark with 1,010, is the program’s single-season scoring leader with 556 points scored during the 2002 season. She also ranks second on the all-time scoring list with 1,755 points.

A four-time All-PAC selection, including First Team honors as a senior in 1995-96, Rodkey helped lead the Bison to ECAC Tournament appearance in 1995 and 1996, the program’s first-ever postseason invitations. She ranks first in Bison history for most three-point field goals in a game (7) and is eighth on the career scoring list with 1,217 points. Rodkey graduated as the program’s all-time leader in three-pointers made and still ranks fourth with 147.

Scott was a standout for the Bison women’s basketball program. After earning PAC Freshman of the Year distinction and First Team All-PAC honors in 1996, she went on to earn three more First Team All-PAC selections and two additional PAC Player of the Year awards. Scott was also voted a D3Hoops.com Third Team All-America selection in 2000. During her tenure, she helped the Bison to three PAC titles and two trips to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament. Following her brilliant career, Scott stood first on the College’s all-time scoring list and currently ranks third among all-time scorers with 1,636 career points. She also owns the record for career assists with 493 as well as career steals (323). Scott is also third on the program’s all-time career three-point field goals made list with 152. Her 47-point performance against Point Park on January 6, 1998, remains the most points ever scored by a Bison in a single game. In 2013, Scott was inducted into the Bethany College Hall of Fame.