Dec. 8 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Paced by career-highs of 19 points and 13 rebounds from sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia), the Bethany women’s basketball (2-5) came away with a 68-55 victory over visiting Pitt-Bradford (2-6) Tuesday night.
The contest saw the Bison pull out to multiple double-digit leads, only to see the Panthers claw their way back into the game. Three-pointers by Shepherd and freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) bookended an opening 14-3 spurt by the Green and White, but that was answered by a 14-2 surge by Pitt-Bradford, who grabbed a 17-16 lead following consecutive threes from Maggie Dalton at the 9:55 mark.
Bethany responded by outscoring the Panthers 18-5 over the rest of the half. Highlighting the half-closing push was BC holding the visitors scoreless over the final 4:32 and three-pointers from Taormina and two from Shepherd that swelled the cushion to 34-22 at intermission.
In the second half, UPB trimmed the deficit down to seven, but Bethany ripped off 11 straight points to take their largest lead of the night. Shepherd buried two foul shots and then a three and following two free throws by sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) after a technical on Pitt-Bradford, the Bison margin had grown to 54-36 with 8:47 to play.
The Panthers would make one more run at BC, scoring 12 of the next 13 points to get within seven at 55-48 at the six-minute mark. It was still a seven-point difference when Bethany freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) scored a lay-up with three minutes left and the Bison put the game away by going 5-for-6 from the foul line down the stretch, as they snapped a three-game losing streak.
Shepherd spearheaded the victory with her second career double-double. She went 5-for-6 from the arc on her way to a career-high 19 markers and hauled down 13 boards to help the Green and White post a 32-28 advantage on the glass. Joining her in double figures was Wilson with 13 and Taormina with 12.
Bethany will remain at home for their next game when they host Geneva on Saturday, with tip-off at Hummel Field House scheduled for 2 p.m.