Jan. 17 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team, now 9-6 overall, are hoping to extend their two-game winning streak with a win over Saint Vincent at home Wednesday night. Tip-off is at 6 p.m.
The Bison are going into Wednesday night’s PAC match with some momentum coming off their close 65-62 victory over the Westminster Titans Saturday afternoon. Although they had the advantage the entire first half, Bethany had to continuously battle back from six lead changes in the final 20 minutes for the win as Westminster never gave up the fight. Leading the Bison was senior guard Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) who recorded her fifth consecutive double-digit performance with 15 points, and added an additional six rebounds and five assists.
The win over Westminster left Bethany in fourth place in the conference with a 5-3 record, currently behind their next opponent Saint Vincent (12-3, 7-1), Waynesburg (12-3, 7-1), and Thomas More (11-4, 7-1).
Last season, Bethany suffered two losses to Saint Vincent 85-48 on the road, and by a smaller margin at home 76-64. Both of these games saw team highs by four different Bison players. The home game saw top scores from Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) each with 15. On the road, Wilson recorded 12, as did Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park).
A key difference and advantage this year for Bethany is their ability to play together and distribute the ball. Assists per game have increased from 13.2 in 2010-11 to the Bison’s current 15.5, arguably affecting their average points per game from last season’s 62.7 to this season’s current 67.3. These scoring numbers now rank Bethany fourth in the PAC, directly below Saint Vincent’s scoring average of 69.5. In the last nine games, the Green & White have had at least three players scoring in double-digits, paired with significant depth from the bench.
Saint Vincent, who is in a three-way tie for first place in the PAC, is also arriving at the game with momentum, as they have won their last three games.
In their most recent outing Saturday afternoon, and their most significant win thus far, the Bearcats defeated current co-conference leader Thomas More 68-65. Saint Vincent had the ability to build an 18-point cushion in the first half, and after battling off several Thomas More runs, the Bearcats went 6-for-8 from the line in the last two minutes to seal the victory. Saint Vincent is known for their accuracy from the free throw line as they lead the conference in free throw percentage, netting 73% of their shots.
Putting in big numbers for the Bearcats was senior Brittany Sedlock who scored 24 points, with five rebounds, and four assists. Junior Devin McGrath contributed with 22 points, 11 boards, and six blocks. Both are major threats for the Bison as Sedlock leads the PAC in scoring (16.6) and rebounding (10.0), while McGrath leads the conference in steals (3.13) and ranks third in blocked shots (1.40).
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 by the Bethany Broadcast Network. Fans can access the broadcasts by clicking here.
By: Candace Pacheco
Sports Information Student Assistant