Feb. 9 - LATROBE, Pa. – For the second straight game, the Bethany College women’s basketball team (12-9) had to shake off a slow first half, but 22 second half points in the paint allowed the Bison to pull out a 66-57 victory at Saint Vincent (7-14) Saturday evening.
BC shot just 31 percent in the first half Wednesday against Thiel in falling behind by eight before rallying for a 78-67 win. On Saturday, it was turnovers that hurt the Bison, who committed 15 first half miscues that led to 12 Bearcat points and the teams went into halftime deadlocked at 31. Bethany junior forward Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) led all scorers with 11 points in the opening period, while SVC’s top point producer was Laura Klimchock with eight.
Saint Vincent would take their final lead of the game at 39-37 on a pair of foul shots by Caryn Glassbrenner with 14:29 to play. The Bison finally seized control of the contest with a 10-2 run over the next four minutes to build a 47-41 advantage. Junior center Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.), playing in her first game after missing the previous six because of an injury, cashed in a jumper to tie the score and start the spurt. Bethany took the lead for good after forcing a Bearcat turnover on their next possession, one of 15 SVC giveaways in the second period, and freshman Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) swished a short jumper.
Following the big BC run, Saint Vincent was never closer than four the rest of the way. They moved within five points at 60-55 with three minutes to play, but Bethany responded with three straight baskets, two by junior guard Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and one by freshman guard Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), which swelled their cushion to 66-55 and the Bison had secured their second straight win.
Three players recorded double-digit scoring nights for BC, led by Cartland. After scoring a season-high 20 against Saint Vincent in the teams’ first meeting Jan. 9, the 6-0 forward came back to total 19 markers and five rebounds in this victory. Harris and Brandenburg would each drop in 10 as well.
Adding solid all-around games were Stacy Goode with seven points, five assists, three steals, her twin sister Kelly Goode, who grabbed 10 rebounds for the second straight game to go along with four points and three assists, and junior point guard Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) with four points, nine rebounds and three assists.
Klimchock was the lone Bearcat to reach double figures, as she amassed 15 points and five steals.
Currently in third place in the PAC, the Bison (12-9, 7-3) have a favorable schedule to end the regular season, as they close with three of their final four games at home. The first of those contests comes Wednesday with a tilt against Grove City, which will start at 8 p.m. as the second game of a twinbill with the men’s team. Bethany brought a hard-fought 56-47 victory home from their Jan. 12 meeting at Grove City (8-13, 3-8), who lost their third straight game Saturday by an 82-40 score at undefeated Thomas More.