Jan. 27 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) scored 16 points to lead four in double figures, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team snapped a six-game losing streak with a 66-62 triumph over Waynesburg Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.
The opening stanza featured four ties and three lead changes until the Bison (5-13, 2-7) surged to take a halftime lead. With the score knotted at 20 with 6:40 left in the half, two foul shots from sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) was followed by lay-ups from freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) and Taormina to give the Green and White the largest lead of the half at 26-20. Bethany used that run to carry a 34-31 advantage into intermission.
A Hannah Hunter three to open the second half allowed Waynesburg to tie the game and it was still even at 38 when Hunter dropped in four more, as the visitors scored eight of 11 points to stake their biggest lead of the night at 46-41 with 11:31 to go. Bethany would gradually pull their way back into the contest and they regained the lead on a three-point play by sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) for a 56-53 count at the 5:49 mark.
Waynesburg would move in front again with back-to-back scores, but Bethany started to take control behind Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park). The sophomore forward put BC on top for good with a three-point play and then scored again inside to give the home team a four-point cushion. After Waynesburg knocked down two foul shots, Hackathorn hit another lay-up to keep the Bison on top 63-59 with two minutes to play.
There would be anxious minutes for Bethany in the final minute, as Elisha Jones hit a three with 44 ticks on the clock to bring the Jackets within a point. On Bethany’s ensuing possession, the shot clock was dwindling down when junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) buried a mid-range jumper to make it a three-point BC lead. Waynesburg’s final attempt was thwarted when Wilson came up with a steal and Droginske cemented the Bison’s first win since Jan. 4 with a foul shot with two seconds to play.
After three straight games of shooting less than 36 percent, Bethany bounced back by hitting 48 percent (23-48) from the field against Waynesburg. Taormina drained a pair of threes to finish with 16. She was joined in double digits by Wilson, who had 14 points, four assists and three steals, Droginske, who matched her career-high with 13 points and also handed out five assists, and Hackathorn, who tallied all 11 of her points in the second half.
The Bison overcame a strong performance from Waynesburg’s Jones for the win, as the Jacket forward poured in a game-high 22 points and blocked three shots.
Bethany will gun for their second win in a row Saturday when they travel to Beaver Falls, Pa., to take on Geneva in a game that won’t count in the PAC standings. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.