Jan. 10 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Grove City shot 52 percent (24-46) from the floor, including 7-for-14 from the arc, and the Wolverines (5-8, 2-3) held off a late charge from the Bethany women’s basketball team (4-9, 0-4) for a 64-60 victory Saturday at Hummel Field House.
The Bison answered a GCC hoop to open the game with three straight baskets to claim their biggest margin of the contest at 6-2. Grove City answered back with six straight and they held the lead for much of the first half. A 10-3 Wolverine run late in the half gave them their largest lead at 31-24, but BC trimmed it to 31-29 at the break on a three by sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) and a jumper at the halftime horn by twin Stacy Goode.
Back-to-back jumpers by Kelly Goode capped a 6-0 spurt that gave BC 35-33 lead early in the second half and their lead grew to as large as four at 45-41 on a lay-in by senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) at the 12:44 mark. The Bison still led by one with under eight to go but Megan Gebrosky sandwiched a three and lay-up around a Christine Slater hoop in a 7-0 run. The Wolverine lead would once again grow to seven at 61-54 when Slater canned two free throws with 1:55 left.
Bethany made one final run to try to pull this one out. Freshman Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) scored four straight points to cut into the deficit and a steal off the BC press turned into a lay-up by Stacy Goode to bring the Bison within a point at 61-60 with 16 seconds to play. Grove City was fouled and made 1-of-2 at the line, giving Bethany a chance for the tie. But an offensive foul call turned the ball back over to the Wolverines, who drained two free throws to wrap up the triumph.
All three players who scored in double figures for Bethany came off the bench, as Kelly Goode dropped in 15, Brandenburg notched 11 and Stacy Goode finished with 10. Shepherd had six points and six rebounds to lead the BC effort on the glass, where they held a 34-31 advantage, and senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) compiled four points, four rebounds, six assists and a career-high eight steals.
Four of the six Wolverines who played in Saturday’s tilt finished in double digits, led by Gebrosky, who fired in three triples to tally 16. She was followed by Szelong and Slater with 14 each and Krista Beechy with 11 for Grove City, whose used their strong shooting to balance out 35 turnovers.
The Bison will remain at home for their next contest, as they host Chatham Wednesday night at 6 p.m.