Jan. 26 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team (9-8, 5-3) made just 29 percent (21-73) of their shots Saturday in suffering an 81-55 loss at third-ranked Thomas More (Ky.) College (17-0, 8-0).
The Bison shooters were on the mark early in the contest. A three by freshman guard Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) started a 10-4 spurt that gave Bethany their largest lead of the game. Freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) capped the mini-run with a lay-up that moved BC in front 19-13 with 10 minutes left in the first half. The six-point deficit was just the second largest faced by Thomas More in a conference game this season.
The Saints then seized control of the contest by scoring 19 of the next 22 points and outscoring BC 32-9 over the final 10 minutes to build a 45-28 advantage going into halftime. TMC forward Nicole Dickman dropped in 10 of her 11 first half points over that stretch and Thomas More finished the first half shooting 56 percent (20-36). After the promising start, the Bison cooled off to connect on just 34 percent (11-32) of their attempts, with Kelly Goode notching a team-high 10 by the break.
Bethany made one push to get back into the game in the second half. After Thomas More’s lead swelled 24 early in the second stanza, the Bison scored 11 of the next 13 points to trim the deficit to 58-43. Sophomore Stephanie Shafer (Lancaster, Ohio) had a pair of baskets during the run, but Bethany wasn’t able to get any closer after that, as they were just 10-of-41 from the floor (24 percent) in the final 20 minutes.
Bethany’s offense was led by Kelly Goode with 12 points. Harris and Shafer each chipped in 11, while Harris adding five rebounds and three steals in the game.
Dickman posted a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds), which helped the Saints earn a 51-34 advantage on the glass and balanced out the 24 turnovers Bethany forced.
After playing four of their last five on the road, the Bison women return to Hummel Field House Wednesday with a contest against Waynesburg at 8 p.m. Back on Dec. 5, Bethany scored a 65-47 win over the Yellow Jackets, who were 1-15 overall and 0-7 in the PAC entering Saturday’s game with Thiel.