Feb. 28 - WEXFORD, Pa. – A trio of Bethany College women’s basketball players were recognized with Honorable Mention All-PAC status when the conference announced its all-star teams over the weekend at the PAC Tournament.
Earning Honorable Mention distinction was senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio), junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley). It’s the first all-conference awards for all three players, who helped the Bison finish 13-13 overall and 8-8 in the PAC during the year.
Harris had a strong ending to her senior year for Bethany in which she started 16 of the 24 games she played. In addition to leading the team in rebounding for the third time in her career with 6.4 boards per game, Harris averaged 7.6 points and 1.5 steals per game while shooting a team-best 82 percent from the foul line.
The 5-7 guard/forward recorded two double-doubles during the year, including 16 points and 11 boards in a win at Washington & Jefferson in the season finale. Despite a close loss to Grove City in the PAC Tournament Quarterfinals, Harris had a big game with 20 points, nine rebounds and four steals.
A communication major, Tara is the daughter of Terry & Tammy Harris of Zanesville, Ohio.
Hackathorn played in all 26 games for the Bison this year, including 23 starts. She was third on the team in scoring with 8.9 markers per contest and finished right behind Harris in rebounding with 6.2 caroms a game. Hackathorn also ranks second in the conference in field goal percentage at 49.2 percent.
The 6-0 forward notched double-digit points in 11 contests this season, including five of the final eight. During that end-of-the-year stretch, she scored 19 in a home win over Thiel Feb. 2 and then matched her season-high total with 19 points in a victory over Chatham Feb. 16.
An elementary education major, Katelynn is the daughter of David & Tina Hackathorn of Valley Grove, W.Va.
Taormina started all 26 games for Bethany, which was her second full year in the starting line-up. She scored 9.8 points per game to ranked second on the team and also hauled down an impressive 6.0 rebounds from the guard position, which ranked her 14th in the PAC. In addition, Taormina ranked eighth in the league in field goal percentage (45.4).
Although the 5-8 sophomore plays guard, she led the Bison with three double-doubles during the campaign, which came in home wins over Mount St. Joseph and Thiel and a road victory at Waynesburg. Taormina set a career-high with 24 points in the Dec. 1 win over Westminster and also snared a career-best 12 boards in the Thiel triumph Feb. 2.
A pre-physical therapy major, Kayla is the daughter of John & Lisa Taormina of Center Twp., Pa.