Feb. 13 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Freshman Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) led three scorers in double figures with 16, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team claimed a 68-60 victory over visiting Grove City Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.
The win was BC’s third in a row and raised their record to 13-9 overall and 8-3 in the PAC. The Wolverines fell to 8-14 and 3-9.
Bethany would score the first six points of the game, but it would be their largest lead of the first half. GCC answered the opening run with a 16-4 run to take a 16-10 advantage, but the Bison responded when a three from Kelly Goode started a 12-2 spurt. The Green and White used that surge to carry a 28-26 lead into the halftime locker room.
The Bison, who were led by sophomore forward Kortni Collins’ (Newton Falls, Ohio) six points at the break, shot only 31 percent (11-36) in the opening period. Their defensive effort made up for the cold shooting, as they forced 18 turnovers by Grove City, who was paced by Christine Slater’s 10 markers.
BC’s defense again shined to open the second half and help the hosts pull away. After a quick basket by Kelly Goode to start the stanza, a full court press led to two quick steals and two quick baskets that swelled the Bethany lead to 34-26 just 31 seconds into the second half. Grove City managed to score two baskets to get back within four, but the Bison ripped off nine straight points to push their advantage to 43-30. Riding a big second half from junior center Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.), who scored 11 after halftime, BC would run their lead out to 19 before settling for the eight-point triumph.
Bethany’s defense stole the show, with 25 of Grove City’s 30 turnovers going down as steals for the Bison, who had two players make runs at triple doubles. Goode finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six steals, while junior guard Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) totaled 12 points, eight boards and eight thefts. Brandenburg rounded out the double figure scorers with 13.
Slater recorded a huge contest for the Wolverines, registering 16 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
Wednesday’s victory clinched a home game for the Bison in the PAC Quarterfinal round and BC can secure no worse than the third seed for the upcoming conference playoffs with a win Saturday against Chatham (8-12, 4-7). Bethany scored a 67-60 road win over the Cougars back on Jan. 16. Saturday’s tip-off at Hummel Field House is scheduled for 2 p.m.