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Sluggish Offense Costly Again for Bethany in 59-45 Loss to Westminster
Jan. 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) scored a team-leading 19 points, but she was the only player in double figures for the Bethany College women’s basketball team in a 59-45 loss to visiting Westminster Wednesday night.
The first half featured long scoring droughts for each side. The Bison (6-14, 4-9) tallied the first five points of the game, as the Titans (9-11, 7-6) didn’t score for the first four minutes of the game. Once Westminster did get on the board, it would take a 14-12 lead until Verrico connected on two foul shots with 9:34 left to even the score at 14-14.
Bethany then managed to score just only points the rest of the half, as the Titans used a 14-4 surge to build a 28-18 halftime advantage. The Green and White made just 7-of- 32 from the field in the first half and the Titans lead was widened by perfect 8-for-8 shooting from the foul line.
After the Titans extended their lead to 13 points early in the second half, BC started chipping away. Verrico (right) scored six to help get the deficit down to six and later, a lay-up and then two free throws by freshman Mikyla Tipton (Wellsville, Ohio) sliced the deficit to 44-39 with eight minutes left.
Any chance the Bison had to continue the comeback was thwarted by miscues. Bethany committed 15 of its 22 turnovers after halftime and scored just six points in the final nine minutes, as Westminster gradually pulled away for its second win this year over the Bison.
Verrico finished the game 6-for-6 from the foul line to register her 19 points. Tipton had seven points and seven rebounds, but no other Bison scored more than four in the game as the team finished the game shooting 29 percent (16-56).
Leading the Titans in the win was Katie Hughes with 23 points, Gabby Holko with 12 and Jenn Cantella with 10 markers.
Bethany will go back out on the road Saturday for a conference tilt Saturday at Thiel. The Bison and Tomcats are tied for seventh place in the conference with 4-9 marks, but BC can sweep the season series and earn the tiebreaker with a win after they claimed a 76-47 victory in their first meeting back in December. Game time in Greenville is slated for 1 p.m.