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BETHANY LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK IN PAC WEDNESDAY AGAINST THIEL
Jan. 10 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will look to counteract their recent luck in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) this Wednesday, the 11th, as they host the Thiel Tomcats. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Bethany (7-6, 3-3) hasn’t been able to hold on for a victory since winning a pair of games in the Bahamas Sunshine Shootout tournament versus the Milwaukee School of Engineering and Immaculata before the holiday break. Since then, the Green & White have suffered two PAC losses to Washington & Jefferson 76-59 and Waynesburg 92-76.
The Bison’s offense has been their strongpoint this season, averaging nearly 67 points per game, but was unable to stay hot in the second half against PAC co-leader Waynesburg (11-2, 6-0) Saturday. After a first half battle, Bethany went into the locker room with a one-point lead against the Yellow Jackets and was shooting a solid 57% from the field. Even with a team-high 15-point performance from senior guard Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs), the Bison were unable to hold on in the second half, netting only 33% of their shots, as Waynesburg began to pull away with less than ten minutes to go in the game.
Despite the loss, the Bison women will take their hard-nosed work ethic and look to keep spreading the ball around in the next match. Last game, along with Wilson’s performance, three other Bison players scored in double digits. Senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) each drained 13 points a piece, while senior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, Pa./Magnolia) turned in a solid performance with 12 points and nine rebounds.
Bethany will head into Wednesday night’s game looking for their second straight victory versus the Thiel Tomcats (2-11, 2-4) and improve their .500 record in the PAC. Last season the Bison defeated the Tomcats at home 66-58, however, they lost the first match up earlier in the 2010-11 season by one at Beeghly Gymnasium 71-70.
The Tomcats are working to end their five-game losing streak this season against the Bison and try to climb their way back up in the conference standings. In their most recent outing, Thiel suffered a heart breaker, as they couldn’t hold onto their 32-26 halftime lead Saturday against the Geneva Golden Tornadoes and lost by a one-point margin, 57-56. The Tomcats’ leading scorer, junior Kelly Muffley, recorded 16 points and seven boards in the loss. Muffley, a 5-8 guard, is averaging 14.5 points per game and is solid at the line, making 28 of 34 free throws.
Along with Muffley, the Tomcat offense is also led by senior forward Ashley Davis, who is averaging 11 points per game, and Kelly Barzak, who is close behind with 10.6 points per game. Barzak, a 6-1 forward, poses a major threat for opponents in the paint as she is leading the PAC in blocked shots with 32, and is averaging 8.3 rebounds per game.
Fans that can not make the trip to Bethany for the games can follow the action live from their home computer. Both the women’s and men’s games on Wednesday will be video streamed live as the “Games of the Week” by the PAC Sports Network at http://www.pacstream.net/ .
By Candace Pacheco Sports Information Student Assistant