Jan. 16 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Freshman guard Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) scored 17 of her career-high 23 points in the second half to help the Bethany College women’s basketball team (8-6, 4-1) rally from a 14-point halftime deficit and score a 67-60 victory at Chatham (Pa.) University (4-8, 1-4).
The Cougars scored the first six points of the contest, but fueled by a pair of hoops from junior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.), the Bison made a 10-0 run to take their largest lead of the half at 17-12. Chatham would answer and surge to a 36-22 halftime lead by outscoring BC 24-5 over the final 10 minutes of the period. The Cougars Lizz King drained two treys and scored eight to highlight the run.
The Bison were their own worst enemy in the first 20 minutes, as they committed 21 turnovers while shooting just 35 percent (10-29). On the other side, Chatham converted those BC miscues into 20 points and shot 50 percent (16-32) from the floor.
The second half was a different story for Bethany right out of the gate, as Kelly Goode scored 11 during a 17-2 blitz that turned the 14-point halftime deficit into a 39-38 BC lead with 13:47 left. Over the next eight minutes, there would be two ties and seven lead changes, with the next-to-last coming on a three-pointer from Chatham’s Katie Sheerer that put the Cougars in front 53-51 with 5:55 to play.
The final lead change swung the game back into Bethany’s favor for good when senior Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) canned a trifecta with 5:28 showing on the clock for a 54-53 BC lead. It was a two-point Green and White advantage with three minutes to go when the Bison finally managed to get some breathing room. Junior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) and Kelly Goode hit triples to swell the cushion to 65-57 and Bethany used a couple late free throws to offset a Cougar three and clinch the victory, which was BC’s fourth in a row over PAC teams and kept them in second place in the conference.
After a rough first half, the Bison rebounded to shoot 46 percent (15-32) from the field and commit just 10 turnovers. Kelly Goode paced the effort by hitting four three-pointers on her way to the 23 points and she added seven steals. The only other Bison in double digits was DiSanti, who chipped in with 10. Freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) had a solid all-around game as well with nine points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Chatham’s Kayla Hilko finished with 10 points and five rebounds, while Allason Holt contributed eight points and seven steals.
A big game looms for Bethany on Saturday when they host Westminster (Pa.) College at 2 p.m. The Titans (10-4, 4-2) stayed right on the Bison’s heels for second place in the league with a 66-49 victory over Thiel (Pa.) College Wednesday.