Nov. 20 - WASHINGTON, Pa. – Despite taking a 12-point halftime lead and having four scorers in double digits, the Bethany College women’s basketball team couldn’t slow down an explosive John Carroll attack, as the Blue Streaks outgunned the Bison 103-95 on the second day of the Washington & Jefferson Classic.
It actually took more than a minute for the first points to be scored Saturday, but once BC sophomore Carly Garneau (Beavercreek, Ohio/Carroll) hit a lay-up at the 18:54 mark, Bethany didn’t trail the rest of the first half. Junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) scored seven in a row to start a 13-2 spurt, which was capped by a triple from junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson), that gave the Green and White their largest lead at 27-13 with 11 minutes left in the half.
John Carroll chipped away to get within two at 33-31 with 2:40 to play in the opening period, but Bethany closed the stanza with a 12-2 run. Junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) dropped in three straight buckets to spark the surge, which was followed by two foul shots and a jumper by freshman Skylar Williams (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) that helped send BC to the locker room with a 45-33 advantage.
The second half opened with the teams exchanging scores and the Bison’s lead was still in double digits when Garneau knocked down a trey to make it a 53-42 margin with 16:58 to play. But from there, the rest of the game was dominated by the Blue Streaks and Lee Jennings, who scored 33 of her game-high 45 points in the final 16 minutes to propel JCU to the comeback win.
Following Garneau’s three, Jennings scored 11 during a 14-0 run that gave the Blue Streaks their first lead of the day. The lead bounced between the schools seven times after that and there were also six ties. Bethany’s final lead came at the 5:43 mark when junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) sank two foul shots for a79-77 margin. But John Carroll ripped off 11 consecutive markers to seize a nine-point lead and the Bison never moved closer than six the rest of the way. The Green and White fell to defeat despite scoring the most points in a game since a 99-88 victory against Saint Vincent Jan. 8, 2008.
Bethany’s offensive explosion was paced by Shepherd, who matched her career-high with 19 points and she added five rebounds to also earn All-Tournament team honors. Hackathorn registered 13 points and a team-best seven boards, while sophomore Kayla Taormina (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) scored 12 and Wilson tallied 10. Senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) finished with eight points and nine assists as well.
For John Carroll, Jennings earned All-Tournament Team after she totaled 45 points, eight rebounds and six assists, while Emilee Ritchie fired in 22 points off 4-for-8 shooting from the arc.
The Bison will be back on the court Tuesday with a road game at Muskingum. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.