Jan. 23 - BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – Two players for the Bethany College women’s basketball team scored in double digits, but the Bison were unable to overcome a solid effort from host Geneva in a 56-50 Golden Tornado victory Wednesday night.
The Bison (5-13, 3-8) fell behind right out of the gate, as Geneva (3-15, 1-10) scored the first six points and led by as many as eight in the opening half. Bethany didn’t let the lead grow any larger and were as close as two when junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) sank a three with 46 seconds left in the half. The Golden Tornadoes answered right back with a trey by Heidi Mann and the home team took a 29-24 lead into halftime.
Bethany freshman Brianna Nuzum (right - Morgantown, W.Va.) started the second half with a traditional three-point play, but that was answered by another Mann triple. Nuzum then converted three free throws and a three-pointer by Verrico gave the Green and White their first lead of the night at 33-32 with 17:51 to go.
Unfortunately for the Bison, it would be their only advantage of the game. Geneva followed with a 9-0 run, with seven points coming from Bri Cowden, to take a 41-33 lead. Their advantage grew to as many as 11 with four minutes to play and then the Bison tried to mount a comeback. Bethany scored seven of the game’s final nine points, but ran out of time and Geneva held on for the win.
It was another cold shooting night for Bethany, who made just 32 percent of its shots and BC also had 21 turnovers. Verrico was the top scorer with 11 points, while Nuzum notched her first career double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Senior Kayla Taormina (right - Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) posted a strong line as well with eight points, 11 rebounds and seven assists.
A pair of Geneva players scored 16 apiece in the victory, including Mann and Leah Prisuta, while Cowden added 10 off the bench.
Bethany will return home for its next two games, starting Saturday with a tilt against Grove City at 2 p.m.