Nov. 16 - ERIE, Pa. – Freshman Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) scored a game-high 21 points, including the go-ahead three-pointer with 33 seconds left in the second overtime, as the Bethany College women’s basketball team opened the season with a 70-67 triumph in double OT over Penn State Behrend in the Lions’ tip-off tournament.
The Bison, who won their season opener for the first time in head coach Rebecca Upton’s four-year tenure, will play Juniata (Pa.) College for the tournament title at 3 p.m. Saturday. The Eagles upended John Carroll (Ohio) University 66-52 in the other first round contest.
Behrend held a slim 18-17 lead before BC scored six quick points, including a pair of jumpers by freshman Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), to take their largest lead of the first half at 23-18 with 7:39 to go before intermission. However, the Bison offense ran cold for the rest of the half. Bethany committed eight turnovers and hit just one shot from the field in eight attempts to close the period, which allowed the Lions to close the half with a 19-4 run and carry a 37-27 lead into halftime.
The Bison started trimming the Behrend lead right out of the gate in the second half, as Kelly Goode drained a pair of triples and then a jumper to bring BC within a bucket at 41-39. Bethany stayed within striking distance of the hosts until making their move around the 10-minute mark. Trailing 48-41, senior Lisa Mitchell (Burgettstown, Pa./Avella) buried a jumper and a trey to start an 11-1 spurt that gave BC a 52-49 lead with just under five minutes to play.
Bethany appeared to be in good position to claim the win when Kelly Goode’s jumper with 52 seconds left pushed BC’s lead to 56-51. The Lions answered with a three but Bison junior Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) hit two foul shots with five seconds left for a 58-54 lead. However, Behrend would force overtime by sinking four foul shots in the closing seconds to tie the contest at 58-58.
In the first extra session, it was Behrend who appeared poised to move into Saturday’s championship game, as they took a 63-60 lead with 18 seconds left. But it was the Bison’s turn to use late heroics and force another OT, as Mitchell cashed in a trifecta with just eight ticks remaining to draw Bethany even.
The Bison were down a pair late in the second overtime, but Kelly Goode’s three with 1:19 left pushed the Green and White in front 66-65. The Lions answered on their end with a jumper by Meagan Bielanin with 56 seconds remaining to go back up by one, but Goode fired in her fifth triple of the night with 33 seconds to play to give BC the lead 69-67. Behrend had three chances in the final seconds to tie, but missed all three jumpers and a free throw by Stacy Goode with one second left provided the final point in Bethany’s first season opening victory since a 68-64 win at Capital (Ohio) University to begin the 2003-04 season.
In addition to her 21 points, Kelly Goode also led the Bison with four assists and three steals. Mitchell dropped in 15 points, while Cartland narrowly missed a double-double in her first game as a Bison with 11 markers and nine rebounds. She was not Bethany’s leader on the boards however, as sophomore Kortni Collins (Newton Falls, Ohio) grabbed 14 rebounds and had four points and two blocks in the triumph.
Leading the way for the Lions were Bielanin and Julia Andrus with 13 points each.