Jan. 31 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women’s basketball team (9-10) shot 59 percent on their way to scoring a season-high 45 second-half points as they pulled away from visiting Geneva (8-10) for an 81-60 triumph Saturday afternoon.
The first half was sloppy on both ends, with the Golden Tornadoes shooting 28 percent (11-40), but the Bison committing 15 turnovers. BC led by one point with four minutes left in the half when a 11-3 spurt to close the period gave the Green and White a 36-27 halftime advantage. Sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) started the run with consecutive buckets. Following a three-point play from freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs), senior Kaitlyn McCormick capped the surge with back-to-back lay-ups.
Bethany kept the momentum throughout the second half, which started with a three-pointer from senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) on BC’s first possession. A few minutes later, the Golden Tornadoes used a trey from Liz DePietro to make it a 43-30 Bison advantage, but the home team seized control from there. McCormick scored all four baskets during the ensuing 8-0 run, which swelled the Bethany lead to 51-30. From there, Geneva never moved closer than 19 points and the Bison were able to get points from 11 different players by game’s end.
By shooting 50.7 percent (34-67) from the floor for the game, Bethany was able to post their highest point total of the season. They also dominated on the boards, holding a 55-32 rebounding advantage.
Pacing the Bison offensive attack was McCormick, who finished 9-for-11 from the floor to tally 20 points and she added seven rebounds. For the second time in the last three games, freshman Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) set a new career-high with 11 markers, which was matched by Wilson. Senior Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) led the assault on the glass with 10 boards, while Wilson and sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) each handed out five assists.
Geneva was led by Valerie Hamilton with 12 points off the bench and Beth DeLuca with 11.
Bethany will be in action on Wednesday in a big PAC match-up at Thiel. The Bison are currently tied with Grove City for third place in the PAC at 4-5, while the Tomcats dropped a half-game back at 4-6 following an 86-83 overtime loss at home to Chatham on Saturday. Tip-off between Bethany and Thiel is slated for 6 p.m. in Greenville.