Feb. 10 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Riding a season-long four-game winning streak, the Bethany women’s basketball team will try to take a big step towards clinching the third seed for the upcoming PAC Tournament when they travel to Grove City Wednesday night for a 6 p.m. tip-off.
The Bison (11-10, 5-5) moved over the .500 mark for the first time this year with a 76-62 triumph over Saint Vincent Saturday. BC leaned on a pair of veterans to pick up the victory on Senior Day, with Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) recording her first career double-double by posting 18 points, 10 rebounds and four steals. Fellow senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) amassed 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocked shots as well.
Bethany’s offense has been clicking during this four-game winning streak. Through the first 18 games, the Bison were shooting 36 percent from the field and averaging 64 points per game. During this winning streak, BC is hitting at a 43.5 percent clip from the floor and lighting up the scoreboard for 72.8 points per game. The Green and White is also dominating the glass, posting a 50.0-36.5 rebounding advantage in the last two weeks.
Keying the Bison on both ends of the floor has been a senior and a freshman. McCormick’s double-double Saturday just continued her strong work recently, as she’s averaging 13.5 points on 58 percent (22-38) shooting from the floor, while also grabbing seven rebounds per game. Freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) has been a spark off the bench, averaging 11.0 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. As part of a team-high 14 in last Wednesday’s win at Thiel, she hit a three with five minutes to play to give Bethany the lead for good, then scored nine of her 11 points in the second half against Saint Vincent Saturday to help BC pull away.
The Bison’s current surge actually dates back one month, as they’ve captured seven of their last eight games, with the only setback coming to #11 Thomas More on Jan. 24. The last defeat Bethany suffered to a non-ranked opponent came Jan. 10 when Grove City slipped past BC 64-60 in Hummel Field House. Although the Bison forced 36 Wolverine turnovers, GCC shot 52 percent (24-46) from the floor, including 50 percent (7-14) from the arc in the win. Sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) scored 15 to lead Bethany, while Grove City was paced by Megan Gebrosky with a game-high 16.
The Wolverines (9-12, 5-6) are just a half-game behind the Bison for third place in the PAC. Grove City has lost two of their last three, but the defeats came to nationally-ranked Washington & Jefferson (56-83) on Jan. 31 and Thomas More (40-73) last Saturday. In the contest against the Saints, Christine Slater scored 18 points and Gebrosky tallied 10 to lead the Wolverines, but Thomas More’s efforts were aided by a massive 51-19 rebounding advantage.
Slater’s sophomore season sees her nearly averaging a double-double, as she ranks fifth in the PAC in scoring (14.5) and second in rebounding (9.6). She is averaging a double-double in three career games against Bethany, as she’s recording 18 points and 11.7 boards per contest. Gebrosky, who went 3-for-4 from the arc in GCC’s win over the Bison earlier this year, is third in the conference in three-point percentage (38.2) and is averaging 8.3 points per game.