Dec. 7 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points to lead four scorers in double digits, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team won its fourth game in a row with a 72-48 victory at Chatham Wednesday night.
In addition to taking their winning streak to four games, the Bison (4-3) also improved their PAC record to 3-0, the first time BC has started league play with three straight wins since 2003-04. The Cougars fell to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in the conference.
The teams were tied at 10-10 when Bethany took control near the midway point of the period. Senior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) hit for four points and Droginske buried a three to complete a 12-0 spurt. Chatham managed to get within six later in the half, but another trey from Droginske, as well as baskets from senior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and Wilson in the final minute of the half sent BC into the locker room with a 33-22 halftime advantage.
Bison junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) hit a jumper on the opening possession of the second half, but the Cougars’ Andie Gaetano scored four consecutive hoops to trim the Green and White lead to 35-30. That would be the final run in the home team, as Bethany took control for good with a huge run.
A Wilson jumper and Droginske three instigated a 22-3 surge that swelled the Bison cushion to 57-33. Droginske dropped in the final six points of the run with two lay-ups and a pair of free throws and Chatham wasn’t able to get closer than 18 the rest of the game. By the end of the night, Bethany had a 46-36 rebounding advantage, including a 21-11 margin on the offensive glass, and BC forced 23Cougar turnovers.
Droginske’s 17 markers came on 5-for-6 shooting, including a trio of triples. Wilson finished with 12 points, as did Taormina, who also grabbed 11 boards for a double-double. Sophomore Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) posted 10 points, eight rebounds and three assists.
For Chatham, Gaetano totaled 14 points, six rebounds and three assists and Marguerite Sargent chipped in a dozen points and three steals.
The Bison winning streak will face a significant challenge Saturday when they host five-time defending champion Thomas More. The Saints, who bested Washington & Jefferson 63-43 Wednesday, are off to a 5-1 start this year and are unbeaten in three PAC games. Saturday’s tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.