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Women's Basketball Eyes Season Sweep of Geneva

Jan. 27 – BETHANY, W. Va. – After playing just one home contest in the last three weeks, the Bison women’s basketball team will open a three-game home stand against the Golden Tornadoes of Geneva College on Wednesday. Full game notes can be viewed below.

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The Bison:
The Bethany women’s basketball team comes into their contest with Geneva having split a pair of contests in their previous week. The Green & White toppled Grove City College, 68-66, before falling to Saint Vincent College, 90-72, on Saturday. Bethany currently stands sixth in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference with an 8-9 record, including a 4-6 mark in the PAC. The Bison sit one game ahead of seventh-place Thiel (3-7 PAC) and just one game behind fourth place Waynesburg and fifth place Grove City (5-5 PAC).

Last week the Bison dispatched of the Wolverines, 68-66, taking advantage of 24 Grove City turnovers to defeat the Wolverines in Grove City. The game was a back-and-forth affair with the largest advantage of the game being six points. Three different Bison scored in double figures in the game, led by Kelsea Daugherty’s 26-point, 15-rebound performance. Junior Mikyla Tipton added 11 points in the win, while Sami Schott and Gabrielle Naples totaled 10 and eight points, each.

In the team’s next game against Saint Vincent, the Bison were bit by the turnover bug, coughing up the ball 27 times to the Bearcats. However, despite the turnovers, the Green & White shot the ball extremely well, converting on 52.5 percent of their attempts from the field. Daugherty and Tipton once again led the Bethany offense. Daugherty shot 12-of-21 from the field, scoring 24 points, while Tipton total 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field.

The Bison currently rank fifth in the PAC in points per game (68.8) and also are tied with W&J for second in the conference in rebounds per contest (43.4). Individually, Daugherty leads the way for the Bison, ranking fourth in the conference in rebounds per game (8.3) and also ranks sixth in points, averaging 14.8 per game. Holenka (11.9) and Tipton (10.2) also rank in the top 20 in the conference in points per game.

The Golden Tornadoes: Geneva comes into the contest with the Bison having dropped four-straight contests, including an 86-68 decision to Waynesburg and a 66-58 setback at Thiel last week. The Golden Tornadoes currently stand at the bottom of the PAC standings, tied with Chatham at 2-8 in conference play (4-13) overall.

Against Waynesburg, the Golden Tornadoes saw two players score 20 points in the same game as Heidi Mann and Nicole Hyland each chipped in with 20. Hyland also added a double-double in the game, adding 10 boards to go along with her 20 points. The game marked the first time this season that two Geneva teammates scored 20 in the same game.

In their road loss to Thiel, Geneva saw a 10-point halftime lead evaporate as they shot just 27 percent from the floor in the second stanza, while allowing Thiel to shoot .609 in the frame. The Golden Tornadoes were outscored 40-22 in the second half, eventually falling by eight (66-58).

Geneva currently ranks ninth in the conference in points per game, averaging 55.2 per contest. The Golden Tornadoes also rank ninth in scoring margin, as they are being outscored by an average of 15.5 points per game. Individually, Geneva has been led by Heidi Mann who ranks first in the PAC in rebounds (9.9) and fifth in points (15.1) per game.

Last Meeting:  In the two teams’ previous meeting on December 13 in Beaver Falls, the Bison took care of business, defeating Geneva by a score of 84-57. The Green & White scored 40+ points in both halves. The starters for the Green & White carried the load in the contest, as four of the five players finished in double figures. Daugherty led the way, posting her first 20-point game of the season, totaling 21 points and seven rebounds. Tipton finished the day with 19 points and eight boards while Holenka and Schott added 17 and 11 points, respectively.

Geneva was led in the game by a double-double from Mann as she posted 19 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Hyland finished the contest with a game-high 23 points, while Lydia Songer scored nine off the bench.

Double-Double Daugherty: In four of her last six contests, Daugherty has totaled a double-double, which included one in last week’s win over Grove City. In that contest, Daugherty posted 26 points and 15 rebounds. The points notched a career-high for Daugherty, as well as the highest point total by any Bison this season. She also tied a career-high in the rebound department, as she also posted 15 against Westminster two weeks ago.

Over her last six contests, Daugherty has been on tare, averaging 18.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per contest. During that same time frame, she has scored less than 15 points just once, and has totaled at least 20 points on three different occasions, including back-to-back 20-point games last week. She became the first Bison to drop back-to-back 20 point games since Lisa Mitchell in the 2006-07 season.

Hitting the Glass: One advantage that the Bison could have on Wednesday could be their ability to get to rebounds. The Green & White have done well this season on the boards, ranking second in the PAC in rebounds per contest (43.4). The Green & White also rank third in the conference in rebounding margin, outrebounding their opponents by 2.6 per game. Individually, five different Bison rank in the top 20 in rebounds per game. Daugherty currently ranks fourth in the conference (8.3), while Schott enters the game 15th in the PAC (5.8). Holenka (5.2), Gabrielle Naples (5.0) and Tipton (4.9) also all rank among the conference’s best.

Geneva boasts two players in the top ten in rebounds per game. Mann is currently the conference’s top rebounder, at 9.9 per game. Hyland also ranks in the top ten, posting 7.9 per game. However, even with those numbers, the Golden Tornadoes rank ninth in rebounds per game (35.3) and are being outrebounded by nine per contest, ranking them ninth in rebounding margin the conference.