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Jan. 29 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team dropped a home game to Geneva College Saturday 82-70 in a contest that does not count in the PAC standings, as Geneva completes their final year of transition to NCAA Division III.

The loss drops the Bison record to 9-10 overall, and with the win, the Golden Tornadoes improve to 8-11 overall.

The game started with a flurry for the Golden Tornadoes, as Christine Carugati’s layup at the 15-minute mark capped a 12-0 run to start the game. The Bison got on the board when freshmen Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) hit a two and a three-pointer in back-to-back possessions. Bethany would come all the way back to tie the score at 29 when junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson)  hit a three with three minutes remaining in the half. The Bison would score seven of the final 11 points of the half to take a three-point lead into intermission 36-33.

The first half consisted of runs by both teams. The Bison shot 47 percent from the floor, while connecting on five three-pointers. Junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) would lead BC with seven points, while three players off the bench had five points including Zogran, Williams, and sophomore Carly Carneau (Beavercreek, Ohio/Carroll). The Golden Tornadoes would shoot 53.6 percent in the first half and were led by Carugati’s eight points.

Geneva came out in the second half and grabbed the lead when Carugati made two free throws. From there, the Golden Tornadoes would never give up the lead. The game remained tight throughout the half, but the Bison could never get over the top. Junior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) did her best to keep the Bison in the game with 11 of her points coming in the second half. Zogran’s three-pointer with five and half minutes in the game cut the lead to 63-60. However the Bison wouldn’t get any closer and the Golden Tornadoes clinched the game with free throws and layups in transition.

The Bison would shoot 40 percent from the field and the bench would out score Geneva’s reserves 26-9. Bethany was paced by Wilson’s 17 points and Hackathorn’s 14 points and eight rebounds. Zogran lead all reserves with eights, including a pair of three-pointers.

The Golden Tornadoes shot a blistering 57 percent from the floor. Carugati lead the team with 21 points, while Valerie Hamilton and Aylse Scarsella would chip in 17 points apiece.

The Bison’s next matchup will be at Hummel Field House Wednesday night against Thiel. The Bison will be looking to avenge a buzzer-beater loss at Thiel back on January 3rd. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m.   

By: Nate Tieman
Sports Information Student Assistant