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Bethany’s Taormina and Verrico Named Honorable Mention All-PAC

Feb. 23 -GREENVILLE, Pa. – Bethany College senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) and junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) were named Honorable Mention All-PAC when the league released its all-conference teams.

3866Taormina12.jpg In earning the third Honorable Mention All-PAC award of her career, Taormina (right) ranked 15th this season in the PAC in scoring with 10.2 points per game and set a career-high with 7.8 boards a contest, sixth-best in the league. In addition, Taormina was eighth in the PAC with 2.7 assists per game.

The 5-8 guard posted five double-doubles this year, highlighted by 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Penn State-Beaver Nov. 26th. She also set a career-high in scoring with 27 points against Hiram Dec. 15th and grabbed a personal best 15 boards in the regular season finale at Washington & Jefferson.

Taormina reached a career milestone when she scored her 1,000th career point in a victory at Chatham Jan. 9th. She finished her time in Green & White ranked 14th in school history with 1,101 career points and also totaled 627 rebounds and 217 assists in her career.

A pre-physical therapy major who was voted to the Capital One Academic All-District II team this winter, Kayla is the daughter of John & Lisa Taormina of Center Twp., Pa.

TaylorVerrico This is the first All-PAC honor for Verrico (right), which comes after her first full season as a starter. She led the team and ranked seventh in the PAC in scoring with 13.8 points per game, the highest average posted by a Bison in a season since Jenny Place scored 19.2 points per game in the 2005-06 campaign. She also connected on 50 three-pointers during the year, which was tied for fifth-most in the conference and was the most by a BC player since Place sank 53 treys in 05-06.

Verrico closed the season with 18 consecutive games with double-digit points. She scored a career-high 21 points in three different games, including the home win over Chatham Feb. 6th when she also pulled down nine rebounds.

A communications major, Taylor is the daughter of Daniel & Leslie Verrico of Monaca, Pa.