Dec. 13 – BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Led by impressive performances from junior Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio/Wellsville) and freshman Kelsea Daugherty (Newport, Ohio/Frontier), the Bethany College women’s basketball team (6-3, 2-1 PAC) picked up their second Presidents Athletic Conference win of the year by defeating Geneva College, 84-57 on Saturday afternoon. The victory also marks the best start for a women’s team through nine games since the 2002-03 squad, which started the year 7-2.
The contest didn’t begin the way the Bison wanted, as Geneva started the game on a 7-0 run to grab a seven-point lead at the 17:53 mark.
Bethany would quickly erase that seven-point deficit and go on a 24-10 run to create their own seven-point advantage over the next nine minutes of action. The run saw both Tipton and sophomore Hayley Holenka (Shadyside, Ohio/Shadyside) each supply six points.
The Green & White weren’t doesn’t there, however, outscoring the Golden Tornadoes 19-9 over the final eight minutes to enter intermission with a commanding 43-26 lead.
Offensively, Bethany was dialed in, shooting 44 percent from the floor (15-34) and 40 percent from behind the three-point line (4-10). They also were proficient from he charity stripe, hitting 8-of10 attempts.
Daugherty and Tipton were the big scorers of the first frame, as Daugherty had 13 and Tipton added 11. Junior Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) also played well, scoring six points and grabbing two rebounds.
The second half was completely controlled by the Bison, as they never let Geneva get closer than 15 points before cruising to a 27-point triumph (84-57).
Bethany’s offense was once again a key reason for the victory, with four different players reaching double-figures in the scoring column. Daugherty, who scored in double-figures for the fifth straight game, finished with a team-high 21 points and seven rebounds. Tipton was also electric, notching 19 points and eight boards.
Others that performed well included Holenka, Schott and sophomore Alexis Naples (Salem, Ohio/South Range). Holenka nailed five three-point shots on her way to 17 points. Schott recorded 11 points and five rebounds, while Naples tallied a career-high eight assists.
Bethany will look to continue their hot start to the season on Dec. 16 as they play host to Hiram College. Tipoff is slated for 7:00 p.m.