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BETHANY TRAVELS TO WAYNESBURG SATURDAY FOR PAC CONTEST
Dec. 2 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women’s basketball team will play their second consecutive road contest to begin PAC action Saturday when they travel to Waynesburg for a 1:30 tip-off.
Saturday is a rematch of last year’s PAC Tournament Quarterfinal in which the third-seeded Bison fought off an upset bid by the #6 Yellow Jackets, who led by 12 at halftime. Bethany rebounded to send the game into overtime and pulled out a 68-63 victory to advance to the conference semifinals.
This year’s first match-up between the two schools sees both of them trying to even their league marks at 1-1 after narrow losses on Wednesday. The Bison (1-4, 0-1) rallied from a 13-point first-half deficit, but Westminster scored the game’s final five points, including a free throw with two-tenths of a second to play for a 53-52 triumph. Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) set career-highs with 18 points and eight rebounds and sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) tallied 10 of her 12 markers in the second half for BC.
One bright side in the heart-breaking loss was Bethany committing a season-low 15 turnovers in the contest. And the Bison have proven in the early season that they are efficient on the offensive end when they take care of the basketball, as they rank second in the conference in field goal percentage at 44.2. Two Bethany players are ranked individually in the PAC in field goal percentage, including sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) at 57.1 (seventh) and Taromina at 48.9 (12th).
Waynesburg brings a 1-3 overall record and 0-1 mark in the PAC into Saturday’s clash after a 47-43 defeat at Chatham Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets led 21-18 at halftime, but five consecutive points by the Cougars early in the second half gave them a lead they never relinquished. Leading Waynesburg’s offense was Hannah Hunter with 12 points and Morgan Hoone with 11.
Hunter’s effort against Chatham matched her season average of 12 points per game and she is also handing out 3.3 assists per game. The Jackets’ main scoring threat inside is forward Elisha Jones at 11.7 per game, while Callie White is pulling down a team-best 6.8 boards per game. Waynesburg isn’t as accurate as Bethany in field goal percentage, as they are last in the league at 32.9 percent. However, they balance that by limiting opponents to a PAC-low 30.8 percent shooting from the floor.
Bethany leads the all-time series with Waynesburg 28-16, including wins in six of the last eight match-ups. The Bison won two of the three meetings last season, as they bounced back from a loss at home in the regular season to win 69-56 at Waynesburg and then posted the overtime triumph in the conference playoffs.