Jan. 7 - LATROBE, Pa. – Saint Vincent’s Emily Fenton hit two free throws with five seconds to play to give the host Bearcats a 70-69 victory over the Bethany women’s basketball team Wednesday night.
The Bison (4-8) trailed 16-15 with six minutes left in the half before jumpers from freshman Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) and senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) were sandwiched around a three from sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) to give the Green and White their biggest lead of the game at 22-16. Saint Vincent (8-3) responded with a 14-4 spurt to close the half and take a 30-26 lead into halftime.
The Bearcats continued to build on their margin into the second half, pushing their advantage to 10 on three occasions, the last coming at 62-52 with six minutes remaining. Bethany climbed right back into the game with nine straight points, six coming from senior Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.), to get within one at 62-61. Saint Vincent seemed to regain control with consecutive baskets to swell their cushion back to five and the score stood at 68-63 with 1:42 left.
Bethany’s final rally started with a Cartland jumper to make it a three-point game and senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) sank two free throws with 56 seconds to go to make it 68-67. After BC got a stop on the defensive end, DiSabti was fouled again with 26 ticks on the clock and she calmly canned two more foul shots to give the Bison their first lead of the second half.
After both teams each burned a pair of timeouts down the stretch, SVC’s Fenton drove to the basket and was fouled with five seconds to go. After missing six of her first eight foul shots in the game, the Bearcat freshman drained both to put her team in front by a point. The Bison were unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded, allowing Saint Vincent to escape with the narrowest of wins.
Four players notched double figures for Bethany, led by Cartland, who had 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double as a Bison. Goode and senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) each tallied 12 and DiSanti’s late free throws gave her 10 for the game.
Fenton finished the contest with a game-high 16 points, as well as eight assists, while Ashley Campbell dropped in 13 for the Bearcats, who won despite being out-rebounded by BC 52-36.
The Bison will be in action again on Saturday with a PAC contest at home against Grove City. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.