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Bethany Coasts to 62-47 Win at Franciscan

Dec. 3 - STEUBENVILLE, Ohio – The Bethany College women’s basketball team took an 11-point halftime lead and pulled away through the second half before settling for a 62-47 triumph at Franciscan Monday night in a non-league match-up.

3469Williams12.jpgAfter the teams swapped baskets to start the game, BC senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) buried a three and the Green and White led the rest of the way. It was just a three-point spread with six minutes left in the half when the Bison (2-5) closed the period with a 10-2 run. Senior Rebecca Braithwaite (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) and junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) knocked down treys during the spurt, which gave the Bison a 31-20 halftime lead.

The Bison quickly expanded their lead once the second half began, scoring 11 of the first 13 points after halftime. Junior Skylar Williams (right - Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) swished a three to take Bethany’s advantage to 42-22. Freshman Sami Schott (Caldwell, Ohio/Shenandoah) scored nine points in the second half, as BC led by as many as 28 before the Barons clipped the final margin down to 62-47.

5993Schott12.jpgThe Bison win was highlighted by a balanced attack, as 10 different players scored, and a huge 45-20 rebounding advantage. Schott (right) used her big second half to set a career-high with 11 points. Braithwaite set career-highs with nine points and six rebounds, which matched Taormina’s line. Williams turned in a solid all-around game with seven points, eight rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Franciscan’s top scorers on the night were Amy O’Keefe with 13 and Lacey Huck added 12.

Bethany returns to the PAC schedule Wednesday night with a home game against Geneva at 6 p.m.