Jan. 9 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women’s basketball team will try to pick up their first PAC victory of the season Saturday when they host Grove City at Hummel Field House. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.
The Bison (4-8, 0-3) dropped their second straight game following the holiday break with a 70-69 setback at Saint Vincent Wednesday. After trailing the entire second half, BC rallied to take the lead 69-68 on two free throws by senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) with 25 seconds to go. But the Bearcats’ Emily Fenton answered with two foul shots with five seconds left and Bethany was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer.
Senior Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) notched her first double-double as a Bison with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) scored 12 each and DiSanti chipped in with 10. BC suffered the loss despite a 52-36 rebounding advantage, which was countered by the Green and White’s 25 turnovers that led to 26 SVC points.
Bethany has been without the services of sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) for both games since break because of injury, but freshman Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) has stepped in admirably. Although she didn’t score in her first collegiate start last Saturday against Thiel, she did pull down 12 rebounds and hand out three assists in 32 minutes. At Saint Vincent Wednesday, Shepherd delivered nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in the narrow loss.
A win Saturday by the Bison would push them over Grove City (4-8, 1-3) in the conference standings. The Wolverines lost for the third time in the last four games Wednesday with a 74-41 defeat at #9 Thomas More. GCC led 21-11 in the first half, but the Saints closed the period with a 14-0 run and never looked back. Megan Gebrosky led the Grove City efforts with 12 and Christine Slater had 11 points and six rebounds.
The Wolverines are not a deep team, with only seven players on the roster. This group is feisty defensively, allowing just 57.5 points per game to rank fourth in the PAC, but GCC is also 10th in the circuit in scoring at 50.7. Slater is the top threat for Grove City, as she is eighth in the league in scoring (12.8) and third in rebounding (9.5). Laura Miller is just under double digits in scoring (9.9) and Krista Beechy is third on the squad in points (8.5) and second in rebounding (6.3).
This is the first meeting between Bethany and Grove City since the Wolverines upset BC 71-68 in last year’s PAC Tournament Quarterfinals. Slater had 24 points and 11 rebounds in the victory, which snapped the Bison’s six-game winning streak over GCC. Slater missed the first meeting with Bethany last year because of injury, but averaged 20 points and 13 rebounds in the last two match-ups. McCormick was solid in all three games with Grove City, posting 11.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 steals.