Jan. 15 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Nine different players scored, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team raced out to a 15-point halftime lead and held on for a 58-50 triumph at Chatham Saturday afternoon.
The victory, which broke a four-game losing streak for the Bison, raised their records to 7-8 overall and 2-5 in the PAC. Chatham has now lost four in row and stand at 5-10 and 1-6.
Bethany’s scoring balance was evidenced from the beginning of the contest, as five different players scored in an early 11-0 spurt that gave BC a 13-5 lead seven minutes into the game. The advantage grew to 15 the first time when junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) hit a three-pointer with 3:44 left in the half and the margin stood at 33-18 going into halftime when sophomore Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) canned a triple just before the break.
The Green and White kept the momentum through the first half of the second period. Consecutive three-pointers by freshman Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) and Zogran gave Bethany their largest lead of the game at 46-27 with 10:38 remaining. The Cougars made a valiant comeback effort, as they scored 20 of the next 27 points and trimmed the BC lead to 53-47 on a Colleen Kiss trey with 1:31 left.
The Bison were finally able to secure the win by hitting their free throws down the stretch. After making only 5-of-14 from the charity stripe through the first 39 minutes, Bethany was 5-for-6 in the final minute, including a pair from juniors Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) and Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central), to earn the victory.
Although no one scored in double digits for Bethany, five different players scored seven or more. Junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) had nine points and 11 rebounds, while Garneau also hit for nine, her season-high. Junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and Verrico each scored eight and Droginske notched seven for the Bison.
Pacing Chatham in the defeat was Kayla Hilko, who totaled 14 points and nine rebounds.
Bethany will be back on the floor Wednesday night when they host Washington & Jefferson at 6 p.m.