Jan. 11 – BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team regained their hot hand Wednesday night as they convincingly defeated Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) rival Thiel 76-63 to take their conference record over .500.
The Bison, now 8-6 and 4-3 in the PAC, played through some tip-off jitters during the first six minutes of the half, but with 14:05 to play, junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) made a smooth layup to give Bethany the 10-8 advantage, and they didn’t look back from there.
While shooting 47% from the floor in the first half, Bethany went into the locker room with a 40-29 lead. The rest of the game remained the same as the Green & White kept a double-digit lead over Thiel (2-12, 2-5 PAC) and scored over 70 points for the seventh time this season.
This strong offense by the Bison continues to be more than just a one-person show. Senior forward Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) scored 14 points with five boards, while junior guard Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) tied her for the team high with an additional 14 points. The Bison’s strong depth also played a major role in the win as they accumulated 26 bench points, compared to Thiel’s nine, a trend seen in nearly all of Bethany’s wins.
Additionally, while tallying 12 points over the Tomcats, senior guard Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) reached her 900th career-point mark, currently totaling 902.
Leading Thiel in the defeat was Kelly Muffley withy 19 points and 12 rebounds and Kelly Barzak with 17 markers.
The Green & White now must go on the road to face another PAC team, the Westminster Titans (3-10, 3-4 PAC). The Titans are coming off of a convincing 57-38 win over the Chatham Cougars Wednesday night. Tip-off between the Bison and Westminster is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday in Buzz Ridl Gymnasium.
By Candace Pacheco Sports Information Student Assistant