BISON RECOVER FROM HALFTIME DEFICIT FOR 56-45 WIN AT WESTMINSTER
Jan. 22 - NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – After trailing by one at halftime, the Bethany College women’s basketball team outscored Westminster by 12 in the second half to come away with a 56-45 triumph over the Titans Saturday afternoon.
The Bison upped their records to 8-9 overall and 3-6 in the PAC with the victory, while the Titans fell to 4-13 and 0-9.
The game had a sluggish start offensively with Westminster scoring the only bucket in the first four minutes. Two scores by junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and a three from junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) put BC in front 7-3, but the home team used eight points from Katie Hughes to spark a 17-3 spurt that gave the Titans a 20-10 advantage , their largest of the game.
Bethany answered with an 11-2 run to close out the first half. Zogran hit two more treys and a putback at the buzzer by Hackathorn trimmed the Westminster lead to 22-21 at the intermission.
The Green and White’s momentum continued into the second half, as two baskets by junior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) highlighted an 8-0 run to open the second stanza which put BC in front 29-22. Westminster was able to cut the spread to three on two occasions, but the Bison managed an answer both times and put the game away down the stretch.
Sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) buried a triple to increase the Bethany lead to 50-38 with 3:46 to go and a couple late threes from the Titans were canceled out by junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) going 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final minute, as the Bison finished the season sweep over the Titans.
Leading BC in the win was Zogran, who fired in four three-pointers to notch a team-best 12 off the bench. Hackathorn was the only other Bison in double digits with 11, while Wilson totaled eight points and six assists and Taormina compiled seven markers and eight rebounds.
Westminster, who shot 32 percent in the game and committed 22 turnovers, was led by Hughes with 10 points.
Bethany, who improved to 5-3 this year on the road, will take another trip Wednesday with a contest at Waynesburg slated to tip-off at 5:30 p.m.