Feb. 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Junior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) led five scorers in double figures with a career-high 19, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team came back from an eight-point halftime deficit to post a 78-67 win over visiting Thiel (7-12, 4-7) Wednesday.
It looked like it a long night was in store for the Green and White when Thiel All-American Amber Bodrick scored the first five points of the game, including a banked three-pointer, which helped TC scoot out to a 19-11 lead. Bethany would answer with a 13-2 run to take the lead at 24-21, but the Tomcats scored 14 of the final 17 points of the first half, including a three at the halftime horn by Bodrick that gave Thiel a 35-27 halftime lead.
The Bison, who were led by McCormick and freshman Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) with eight points each, struggled from the floor in the first half, hitting just 12-of-39 shots (30.8 percent). On the other side, Bodrick fired in four treys and totaled 14 by the break.
After Bodrick opened the second half with a score to make it a 10-point game, BC ripped off eight straight points to move within a bucket. The Tomcats would hold off the Bison for a few minutes, but when sophomore Stephanie Shafer (Lancaster, Ohio) knocked down a baseline jumper with 13 minutes to play, Bethany took the lead for good at 50-49.
Shafer’s jumper was just part of an 18-3 run put together by BC, which saw them turn a three-point deficit into a 64-52 lead with 6:32 to go. The Tomcats tried to get back into the game, scoring the next five points, but Bethany answered with eight straight to balloon their advantage to its largest of the game at 72-57 and the hosts coasted to the win from there.
After the rough first half, Bethany turned the pressure up in rallying for the win. Eighteen of the Tomcats’ 33 turnovers were forced after halftime and the Bison converted those into 18 points. BC, who entered the game ranked 18th in the nation in steals with 13.9, ensured they will move up after making 20 thefts against the Tomcats.
McCormick led the balanced Bethany offense, as she dropped in 19 to set a new personal best and also matched her career-high with eight rebounds. Kelly Goode had a career first as well, notching the first double-double of her short tenure with 16 markers and 10 boards. Twin sister Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) was next on the scoring chart with 13 and was followed by freshman Tara Harris’ (Zanesville, Ohio) 12 and junior Susannah Cartland’s (Harvard, Ill.) 10.
In addition to Kelly Goode’s 10 rebounds, the Bison’s assault on the glass was spearheaded by junior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic), who scored only two points, but hauled in 10 boards and gave out six assists.
Bodrick would finish with a game-high 28 for Thiel, while Kim Stitt amassed 14 points and 11 rebounds.
The Bison hit the hardwood again Saturday at Saint Vincent looking for a season sweep. BC posted a 99-88 win over the Bearcats Jan. 9, the third-most points scored in one game by the Bison in their history. Saturday’s tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.