Jan. 14 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior guard Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) scored 15 points, but the Bethany College women’s basketball team couldn’t quite recover from a 12-point deficit, as they fell by a 71-68 count at Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University.
The defeat snapped BC’s three-game winning streak and puts their record at 7-6 overall. The Tartans improved to 7-5 on the year.
After trailing by four early, Bethany’s freshmen twins Kelly (five) and Stacy (four) Goode (Pleasant Point, Ohio/Little Miami) scored every point in a 9-1 run to put the Bison on top 17-13 with 12 minutes to go in the half. Carnegie Mellon tallied seven of the next nine points to regain the lead. A first half which featured five ties and six lead changes ended with the Tartans scoring six of the last nine points to carry a 35-32 advantage into intermission.
Although Bethany shot 50 percent (15-30) in the first stanza and turned 17 CMU turnovers into 17 points, the Tartans also shot 50 percent (16-32) and out-rebounded BC 22-10 to build their slim three-point lead.
Carnegie Mellon’s lead would expand quickly in the second half, as an 11-2 run gave the hosts their biggest lead of the night at 46-34. Bethany managed to trim the deficit to four at one point, but CMU pushed the lead back out to 65-56 with 2:25 to play.
The Bison wouldn’t go away easily. They quickly moved within four points at 65-61 on a three-point play by junior forward Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) and a bucket from freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio). With under a minute to play, BC’s Kelly Goode hit two lay-ups to bring the Green and White within a basket and a three from Harris made it a 69-68 Tartan lead with eight seconds remaining.
However, Bethany’s furious rally would come up just short. CMU’s Stacie Aleski knocked down two free throws to make it a three-point game and a trey that could have tied the game at the buzzer was no good, which prevented Bethany from claiming their fourth consecutive victory.
A constant this season has been the stellar play from Bethany’s bench and the BC reserves were at it again Monday, outscoring Carnegie Mellon’s bench 32-9. McCormick spearheaded their effort with 15 points, three rebounds and three steals. Her effort was complimented by Kelly’s Goode’s 14 points, six rebounds and six steals and Harris’s 11 markers and nine boards.
Carnegie Mellon received huge efforts from three players in the game, which included double-doubles from Rachelle Roll (17 points, 17 rebounds) and Leah Feola (17 points, 14 rebounds). Aleski also chipped in with 14 points.
Having completed their non-conference schedule, the Bison return to PAC action Wednesday with a trip to Chatham (Pa.) University for a 7 p.m. tip-off.