Jan. 24 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After being at home for pair of games last week, the Bethany College women’s basketball team will go back out on the road Wednesday with a game at Geneva. Tip-off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The Bison improved to 10-7 overall and 6-4 in the league Saturday by rallying for a 67-61 victory over Grove City. After struggling from the floor in the first half by shooting just 27 percent, BC scored 45 second-half points to come back for the win and sweep the season series from the Wolverines. Senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va,/Wheeling Central) scored 22 points on 11-for-13 shooting from the foul line, while junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp. Pa./Quigley) had 12 and senior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The 22 points by Droginske was a season-high by a Bison player and only the ninth time in the last three seasons a BC player has notched 20 or more. Her 11 free throws were the most by a Bethany player since Katie Resanovich was 11-for-11 in a loss at Grove City in Feb., 2005. Saturday’s scoring total was not a career-high for Droginske, who tallied 25 in a win at Geneva last year.
That performance by Droginske began a Green and White winning streak against Geneva that reached three games with a 61-35 victory back on Dec. 3 at Bethany. The BC defense fueled that decision, as the Golden Tornadoes committed 25 turnovers and shot only 27 percent from the floor. The Bison bench also played a big role, outscoring Geneva’s 31-2, with sophomore Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) scoring 13 and senior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) dropping in 10 to lead the way.
The Golden Tornadoes (3-14, 2-8) snapped a 10-game losing streak with consecutive victories over Chatham and Thiel in their first two PAC games in January. Since then, Geneva has lost four in the row, including a 78-36 defeat at Thomas More Saturday. Despite holding a 32-26 rebounding advantage, the GTs could not overcome 32 turnovers in the defeat. Sophomore forward Samantha Fisher was the team’s leading scorer for the second consecutive game with 11 points and freshman guard Chelsea Kauffman tallied 10.
While they are allowing 61.9 points per game, sixth in the PAC, the biggest struggle for the Golden Tornadoes has been on offense. Geneva is ranked last in the league with 43.8 points and in three-point percentage at 26.0. Senior point guard Beth DeLuca is averaging a team-high 10.9 points per game and is passing out 2.4 assists per game, while Fisher has made a difference with 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in her eight games this year. Also solid on the glass is senior forward Rachel Rouan with a team-best 6.7 boards per game to go with 7.2 points.