Dec. 16 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team (6-4, 2-1 PAC) suffered a tough 69-64 defeat at the hands of non-conference opponent Hiram College Tuesday evening.
The game began in Bethany’s favor, as junior Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) scored the game’s first bucket to give the Bison a 2-0 lead.
The Terriers would then respond over the next five minutes, going on a 14-9 run to claim a five-point advantage.
Bethany would battle back, embarking on an 11-6 run to take a 20-19 lead at the 7:31 mark of the first frame. Schott, junior Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio/Wellsville), sophomores Lauren Simpson (Washington, Pa./Trinity) and Carly Grady (Keyser, W.Va./Keyser), as well as freshman Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier) all contributed to the outburst.
Hiram would close the half strong, however, outscoring the Green & White 18-7 en route to a 37-29 intermission lead.
Offensively, Holenka and Grady led the way. Holenka scored nine points, including two 3-pointers, while Grady notched five points and two rebounds.
The Terriers would open the second half by extending their lead to 14 points (43-29) with 18:06 remaining in the contest.
That’s when Bethany would strike, going on a 17-3 run over the next five minutes to cut the Terrier lead to just three points (46-43).
Hiram would respond, however, extending their lead back out to 11 points (54-43) over just a three-minute span.
The Green & White would again show their mettle, this time embarking on a 16-4 run to take their only lead of the second half (59-58). Giving the Bison the advantage was Grady, who converted on a 10-foot jumper at the 10-minute mark.
After trading baskets, the score was tied 60-60 with four minutes to play. That’s when the visitors would go on a deflating 6-0 run to grab a six-point lead with just 30 seconds left in regulation.
The Bison would get no closer to four points (68-64), before falling 69-64 in an evenly fought battle.
Leading the charge for the Bison were Holenka, Grady, Tipton and junior Gabrielle Naples (Salem, Ohio/South Range). Holenka finished with a team-high 18 points, including three 3-pointers. Grady added 11 points and three rebounds from the bench. Tipton had another versatile game, collecting 10 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Naples was a monster on the glass, corralling a team-high 12 rebounds, while also pitching in nine points.
Bethany will look to get back to their winning ways on Saturday, Jan.3 as they play host to Presidents’ Athletic Conference foe Chatham University. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m.