Feb. 12 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will try for their third win in a row Saturday when they travel to nationally-ranked Thomas More for a 1 p.m. tip-off.
Playing their best basketball of the season, the Bison (7-14, 4-7) have won three of their last four games, including a 69-67 overtime triumph over Grove City Monday night. Sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) fired in a career-high 21 and sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) turned in 13 points and 11 boards.
This week’s PAC Player of the Week, Wilson’s play has been a big reason for the Bison’s surge. In the three BC victories recently, the 5-4 point guard is averaging 17.7 points, 4.0 assists and 3.0 steals per game while shooting 64.3 percent (9-14) from the arc. In addition to being second on the team for the year in scoring (10.8), Wilson is second in the PAC in three-point percentage (41.0) and third in assists (3.48).
Wilson (10) was one of four Bison to score in double digits in the first match-up with Thomas More earlier this year, as BC pushed the nationally-ranked Saints to overtime. However, TMC would come away with a 78-71 victory behind 23 points from Chelsea Tolliver and 19 markers and 12 rebounds from Nicole Dickman. For Bethany, Hackathorn set career-highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds and freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) scored 17 and hauled down nine caroms.
Thomas More (20-2, 11-1) has rolled off 10 consecutive victories and is now ranked second in the Great Lakes Region and 16th in the country according to this week’s D3Hoops.com poll. Their most recent win was Thursday night, as they went 9-for-18 from the three-point line and cruised to a 74-56 triumph over visiting Waynesburg. Tolliver cashed in four of the triples to register a team-best 16 points, as TMC improved to 11-0 at home this season.
The Saints, who possess the top-scoring offense in the PAC with 73.7 points per game, feature a talented inside-outside duo in Tolliver and Dickman. Tolliver is third in the conference in scoring (14.2), tied for first in three-pointers (45) and tied for third in three-point percentage (40.2). When Thomas More wants to go inside, Dickman is dropping in 12.7 points per game and is fourth in rebounding with 7.1 a contest