Nov. 21 – BEREA, Ohio – The Bethany College women’s basketball team (3-0) defeated Mount St. Joseph, 69-64, in their first round matchup of the Baldwin Wallace Basketball Invitational on Friday. The win marks the first time the Bison have started 3-0 since the 2001-02 season.
The Green & White were locked in from the start in this contest, beginning the game on a 26-11 run over the first 12 minutes of action.
During that stretch, Bethany’s offense was led by sophomore Hayley Holenka (Shadyside, Ohio/Shadyside) and junior Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah). Holenka scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers, while Schott chipped in with five.
The Bison would then close out the first frame strong, pushing their lead to as many as 15 (35-20), before entering intermission with a commanding 14-point advantage (36-22).
Holenka and Schott led Bethany in the first half, combining for 19 of the team’s 36 points, including knocking down four three-point shots. Junior Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio/Wellsville) also played well in the first stanza, finishing with six points.
The second frame showed more of the same thing, as the Green & White pushed their lead to 20 points (46-26) on a bucket from Tipton with 16:08 remaining in the contest.
The Lions would attempt a late second half rally, getting to within five points (69-64), but Bethany would hold on to win by the same count.
Offensively, Bethany shot the three ball very well, making nine-of-16 from distance (.563). Four different Bison made two or more 3-pointers, including four from Holenka and two from Tipton, sophomore Alexis Naples (Salem, Ohio/South Range) and Schott.
Holenka once again led the Bison in the scoring column, posting a career-high 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Tipton turned in another beautiful performance, adding 16 points and seven rebounds.
Naples and Schott also made their presence known in the contest. Naples finished with 11 points and a career-high five steals, while Schott chipped in eight points and six boards.
The win also marks the first time in head coach Rebecca Upton’s tenure that she has started out a season 3-0.
The Bison will conclude action in the tournament tomorrow, Nov.22 as they take on host school, Baldwin Wallace University. Tipoff is slated to begin at 2:00 p.m.