Jan. 7 - GROVE CITY, Pa. – The Bethany women’s basketball team battled back from a halftime deficit to take a one-point lead, but Grove City (6-6, 4-1) closed the game with a 26-8 run to pull away for a 65-48 triumph over the Bison (4-8, 1-3) Thursday night.
Turnovers were a big problem for the Bison in the first half, as they committed 14 to help the Wolverines build a 31-24 halftime lead. GCC’s Brittany Wenzell hit a three with 1:10 on the clock to give the home team a 10-point lead, but a free throw by Bethany freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) and lay-up by sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) trimmed the deficit to seven heading into the locker room at halftime.
Grove City opened the second half with a jumper from Laura Miller, but the Bison roared back into the contest with three consecutive three-pointers. Triples by sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs), freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) and Droginske sliced the BC deficit to two. After a Wilson foul shot was answered by a Grove City hoop, Taormina knocked down consecutive jumpers to put the Green and White in the lead 38-37.
The teams exchanged baskets, which kept BC on top 40-39 midway through the period. However, the game turned two possessions later when Wolverine reserve forward Allison Wells stepped out and cashed in a trey, her first of the season, to give her team a 42-40 lead. The score ignited a 19-2 blitz from Grove City, which featured three-pointers from Christine Slater and Jenna Johnston, to give them a 58-42 lead and the Bison never recovered.
Bethany finished the night with a 45-34 rebounding margin, but it wasn’t enough to counter 34 percent shooting (17-50) and 24 turnovers. Wilson was the only Bison to reach double digits with 11 points and added six rebounds and four assists. Sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) totaled eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
For GCC, who moved into first place in the PAC with the win, Slater dropped in 16 and Miller chipped in with 11.
The Bison will be on the hardwood again Saturday when they travel to Saint Vincent. The match-up with the Bearcats, which will start at 6 p.m., will not count in the league standings as SVC is in their final transition year to NCAA Division III.