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BETHANY WOMEN ROLL IN 2ND HALF TO BEAT WESTMINSTER 71-52

Feb. 21 - BETHANY, W.Va. - The Bethany College women's basketball team shot 46 percent in the second half and outscored visiting Westminster by 15 after halftime to pull away for a 71-52 victory over Westminster in a PAC Tournament Quarterfinal Tuesday night.

The Bison improved to 16-10 overall and advance to the PAC semifinals. Top-seed Thomas More will host the semifinals and championship this weekend. The Saints will take on the Bison in the second semifinal Friday night at 8 p.m., with #2 Saint Vincent and #3 Waynesburg going in the opening game Friday at 6 p.m.

The first half saw four ties and four lead changes and the fifth-seeded Titans (9-16) led 26-24 with 3:35 left in the opening stanza. The Bison closed the first half with a 7-1 surge to take a 31-27 lead. Senior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) hit two free throws and converted a three-point play to highlight the run.

Bethany opened the second half with nine straight points to quickly take their lead to 40-27. Towards the middle portion of the second half, an 11-0 spurt, fueled by six points from senior forward Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) ballooned the BC margin to 57-35 and Bethany would coast to the win that advanced the Green and White to the PAC semifinals for the first time since 2008-09. It was also the 16th win of the season, which is the most by the program in eight years.

Senior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) led all scorers in the game with 18 points, with a dozen coming after halftime. Hackathorn posted a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 16 rebounds and junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) tallied 11.

For Westminster, Katie Hughes scored 11 and Gabby Holko chipped in 10.

The Bison face a daunting task in Friday’s semifinal. Thomas More (22-4) has won five consecutive PAC championships and have a 12-1 record at home this season. The Saints swept Bethany in their meetings this season by scores of 83-64 at BC and 85-52 at home.