WOOSTER, Ohio – The Bethany women’s basketball team led by eight with six minutes to play, but scored just two points the rest of the way as Manchester (Ind.) College rallied for a 59-52 victory over the Bison in the first round of the Wooster Tip-Off Tournament.
The match-ups for Sunday’s games will have BC taking on Pitt-Bradford in the 1 p.m. consolation. The host Wooster, who defeated Bradford 77-71 Saturday afternoon, will face Manchester at 3 p.m.
Bethany could do very little wrong in the first half, as they shot 62 percent (13-21) in building a 35-21 halftime lead. The big push came in the final five minutes of the half, as senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) each hit a three during a 12-4 spurt to close the half and send the Green and White into locker room with the 14-point advantage.
Bison sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) swished a three to open the second half and give BC their biggest lead of the day at 38-21. Although Manchester started chopping away at their deficit and was able to get within three at one point, Bethany still seemed in control when McCormick hit a lay-up with 6:12 to play to make it a 50-42 Bison margin.