Jan. 27 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women’s basketball team will try to continue their climb to the top half of the PAC standings Wednesday when they travel to Waynesburg for a conference match-up at 5:30 p.m.
The Bison (7-10, 3-5) had their three-game winning streak snapped Saturday with an 83-64 loss to #14 Thomas More. BC was within four at 20-16 at one time, but a 22-7 Saints run to close the first half sent TMC on to the win. Sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) fired in 14 to lead Bethany, while freshman Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, Pa./Magnolia) had a career-high 10 points and team-leading six rebounds.
One key in Thomas More’s win Saturday was their ability to keep Bethany off the offensive boards, where they lead the PAC with 16.6 per game. The Bison chased down a season-low eight offensive rebounds Saturday, which was also their fewest since pulling down seven in a loss at Westminster in Feb., 2007.
Saturday was the second time this season Stacy Goode led the Bison in scoring and she continues to provide a potent scoring punch off the BC bench. She has scored in double digits in seven of the last eight games and is averaging 11.0 points per game over that time. The 5-7 guard has also started to find her stroke from deep. After making just six three-pointers in the first 14 games, she is 7-for-16 (43.8 percent) in the last three contests.
The Bison as a team had issues from the arc the last time they matched up with Waynesburg on Dec. 6. Bethany made just 2-of-16 attempts (13 percent) from deep and also shot a season-worst 6-for-13 (46 percent) from the foul line in a 57-52 Yellow Jackets victory. Senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) led BC with 11 points, while Callie White scored 19 to lead Waynesburg and Jeannette Wonsettler, who hit two critical threes down the stretch to give her team the lead for good, tallied 11.
The Yellow Jackets (6-11, 3-5) nearly moved into sole possession of third place in the PAC Saturday against Thiel, but a Tomcat bucket as time expired sent Waynesburg to a 57-56 defeat. After shooting 52 percent to build a 34-25 halftime lead, the Yellow Jackets hit only 24 percent in the second half. Forward Elisha Jones scored a team-best 17 markers, while Johnna Deco notched her second double-double of the year with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Waynesburg is led by the tandem of Jones (14.1 ppg.) and White (13.3), who rank fifth and seventh, respectively, in the PAC in scoring. Jones is also second in the league in blocked shots (1.82) and White is fifth in free throw percentage (80.0). The top rebounder is Deco, who is eighth in the circuit with 6.8 caroms per game, while Hannah Hunter is third on the squad in scoring (7.5) and second in the PAC in steals (2.9).