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Dec. 1 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) play gets underway for the Bethany women’s basketball team Wednesday night when they visit Westminster for a 6 p.m. tip-off in New Wilmington, Pa.

Bethany and Westminster are desperate to shake off slow starts and start the conference slate off with a victory. The Bison (1-3) have been off since a 70-63 setback to Muskingum last Wednesday in their home opener. Sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) had a career-high 17 points and added eight rebounds, but the difference came at the foul line, where BC went 6-for-10 and Muskingum was 20-for-26.

Bethany’s women are extremely balanced on the offensive end, with four starters averaging double digits. Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) leads the team in scoring 11.5 points per game and is also tops in the PAC with 4.25 assists a contest. Fellow sophomores Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and Shepherd are also averaging double figures at 11.0 and 10.8 respectively, and freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) is dropping in 10.3 per game.

The Titans carry a 1-4 record into Wednesday’s tilt, although only one of the losses has been by more than five points. In their last outing Monday night, Westminster saw an eight-point lead vanish in the last three minutes, as Penn State-Beaver rallied for a 61-58 victory. Guard Amy Dolsak led all scorers with 20 points and added five rebounds and four steals, while guard Kaitlin McCarthy and forward Sam Higgins each tallied 12 for the Titans, who held a 42-29 rebounding advantage, but committed 35 turnovers.

Dolsak is not only the top scorer for the Titans, but also leads the conference with 16.0 points per game, as well as 10 three-pointers so far. Despite having the top scorer in the league, Westminster is ranked last in the PAC at 53.0 points per game. Wednesday’s outcome may be decided by who can cut down on the miscues, as the Titans are committing a PAC-high 27.0 turnovers per game, while the Bison are second at 23.3.

In addition to trying to win their PAC opener for the first time since the 06-07 campaign, Bethany will be attempting to extend their winning streak over Westminster to five. The Bison have swept the Titans each of the last two seasons, with three of the four wins coming by eight points or less. Last year, Wilson scored 11 off the bench for BC in a 67-62 win in New Wilmington and the Bison overcame a four-point halftime deficit to post an 82-74 triumph at home, which raised their advantage over Westminster in the all-time series to 13-10.