Nov. 25 - WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Bethany College women’s basketball team blew out to a 40-20 halftime lead and never looked back in recording an 81-70 triumph over Penn State Behrend Sunday in the consolation game of the Wilmington (Ohio) College Fred Raizk Tournament.
The Bison improved to 3-2 this season with the victory, which was their second over the Lions (0-4) in 10 days. Bethany also defeated Behrend 70-67 in double overtime Nov. 16 in the season opener.
This game would not be that close. BC led 10-9 with six minutes gone, but outscored the Lions 30-11 the rest of the half to build a 20-point halftime cushion. Freshman guard Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) had 12 by the break, but it was Bethany’s defense that made the difference in the first half. They held Behrend to 26 percent shooting (7-27) and forced 14 Lion turnovers that were converted into 16 Bison points.
The Green and White kept their foot on the gas coming out for the second half to ensure the Lions wouldn’t make a serious run. Freshman guard Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) buried a triple and then finished a traditional three-point play on the next possession to make it 46-20. A few minutes later, sophomore Nicole Thompson (Wheeling, W.Va./John Marshall) swished a trey to give BC their biggest lead of the day at 56-28. From there, BC was able to cruise to the victory, as Behrend didn’t get the deficit under 20 consistently until there were six minutes to play and didn’t move within 11 until there was less a minute remaining.
As has been the story through the early part of the season, the Bison scoring output was balanced, with 13 different players notching at least one point. Kelly Goode led Bethany with 13, while twin sister Stacy finished with 12. Senior guard Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) earned All-Tournament Team honors after scoring 10 in Sunday’s win to average 12.5 for the weekend.
Thompson tallied eight points and a game-high six assists, while freshman Samantha Bower (Massillon, Ohio/Tuslaw) contributed six points and a team-leading six boards.
Leading Behrend was their All-Tournament team selection Meagan Bielanin, who recorded 20 points and four rebounds.
The Bison return to the floor Wednesday when they travel to Marietta (Ohio) College for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off with the Pioneers. It will be the final non-conference tune-up for BC, as they open PAC play Saturday when they host defending league champion Thomas More (Ky.) College at 2 p.m.