11/24: MBB vs Muskingum (W 81-73), WBB at Kenyon (L 70-64)
BETHANY WOMEN HOST WESTMINSTER WEDNESDAY IN “PINK ZONE™”
Feb. 17 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Riding their longest winning streak in five seasons, the Bethany women’s basketball team (13-10, 7-5) will try to keep it going when they host Westminster (7-15, 4-9) Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in their final regular season home game.
All fans attending the game are encouraged to wear pink in support of the WBCA’s Pink Zone week, which runs from Feb. 13-22. The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative, which has over 1,250 schools and organizations participating, is a global, unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond. Both teams will be wearing pink shooting shirts and donations will be accepted throughout both the women’s and men’s games at Hummel Field House Wednesday, with all funds going to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.
The Bison won their sixth straight Saturday with a 55-29 victory at Chatham, their longest run since winning 18 in a row in 2003-04. BC held the Cougars to 20 percent shooting (13-63), forced 21 turnovers and held a 55-32 rebounding advantage in the game. Senior point guard Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) paced a balanced scoring attack with 12 points.
DiSanti’s point production was aided by a pair of three-pointers, as the Bison canned seven triples in 15 attempts (46.7 percent) in the victory. It was tied for their second-highest total and was their second-best percentage in a game this season. The only contest Bethany was better from the arc was their Jan. 21 upset over Washington & Jefferson when they cashed in 8-of-14 (57.1 percent) from deep.
One of the other games the Bison sank seven three-pointers was in the first match-up with Westminster Jan. 17. A trey from freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) gave Bethany a 59-48 lead with four minutes left. The Titans rallied to move within three with 17 seconds to play and had the ball, but a turnover and then a technical foul allowed BC to put the game away with free throws for a 67-62 triumph. Sophomores Kelly (15 points) and Stacy (10) Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) combined to score 25 points to lead Bethany, while Westminster was led by Gina Brunetti with a game-high 17.
That loss to the Bison started a rough stretch for the Titans, as they have dropped eight of their last nine games since then. The latest defeat came Saturday with an 86-60 loss at Thiel. Amy Dolsak scored 18 to lead four Westminster players in double digits, but 25 turnovers and 18 offensive rebounds by the Tomcats doomed the Titans.
Dolsak is having a solid season for Westminster, ranking seventh in the PAC in scoring (13.9) and fourth in rebounding (8.4). Her freshman sister, Emily, is putting up 9.7 points and 5.9 boards per game and is second in the conference in field goal percentage (56.2). Brunetti (11.2) and Kaitlin McCarthy (10.2) are also averaging double digits in scoring, while McCarthy is ranked second in the league with 4.7 assists per game.
Bethany’s stellar play has seen them soar up the PAC standings and the Chatham victory clinched the third seed in next week’s PAC Tournament, which means they will host a quarterfinal game Feb. 24. The Titans need a win over the Bison and some help to move up from their current seventh place standing, which would send them to nationally-ranked W&J in the conference quarterfinals.