Jan. 8 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Saint Vincent went on a 19-5 run late in the second half to pull away from the Bethany College women’s basketball for a 76-64 victory Saturday afternoon in Hummel Field House.
With the loss the Bison have dropped three games in a row, and their record now stands at 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the PAC. Saint Vincent improved to 12-1 and 5-0 in the conference.
The first half was competitive with the largest lead growing to just 10. Bethany held a 20-16 lead with 9:41 remaining in the half before the Bearcats went on to score the next 11 points to take a seven-point advantage. Junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) scored the last six points of the period for the Bison, who trailed at the half 37-31.
Junior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) (10 points) and Shepherd (eight) accounted for more than half of Bethany’s first half scoring. The Bison shot just 39.3 percent from the floor in the first half compared to Saint Vincent, who connected on 47.1 percent of their first-half field goals, including four from behind the arc. The Bearcats doubled up on the Bison in the paint by a 20-10 count; however there was no rebounding margin, as both teams grabbed 18 rebounds. Maria Baroffio paced the Bearcats in the first half with 11 points.
Saint Vincent came out of the locker room for the second half and went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to 15 early in the second half. From there, the Bison began playing possession by possession to get back into the game. With the score 55-45 with 10 minutes remaining, the Bison used an 8-0 run, including consecutive threes from Droginske and Shepherd, to cut the lead to just two points. That’s when the Bearcats used their 19-5 run to secure the road victory.
The Bison offense highlighted by Droginske’s 15 points, which included 3-for-5 shooting from three-point land, and Shepherd’s 15 points and six rebounds. Freshman Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) tallied nine points and three rebounds for Bethany’s bench that outscored Saint Vincent 20-6. The Bison also connected on 8-of-20 three pointers in the game.
Saint Vincent was led offensively by Baroffio’s 22 points and Brittany Sedlock’s 17 points and a team-high seven rebounds. The Bearcats had four players in double digits and shot 57.1 percent (8-14) from the three-point line.
Bethany will be traveling to Thomas More Wednesday to play the third-ranked Saints in another PAC contest. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
By: Nate Tieman Sports Information Student Assistant