Feb. 14 - PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Bethany women’s basketball team clinched a first round home game for the PAC Tournament by defeating Chatham 55-29 Saturday afternoon, which was also the sixth consecutive victory for the Bison (13-10, 7-5).
Sophomore Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) got BC off and running with a three-pointer on the opening possession to give Bethany a lead they never relinquished. That shot started an 11-2 spurt to open the game and the Bison’s lead reached double digits for the first time when senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) hit two free throws to make it 20-9 with 7:45 to play. Chatham hit just 6-of-34 shots in the first half (18 percent) and the Bison were able to build a 29-15 halftime margin.
Neither team executed well in the second half, as they combined for 27 turnovers and finished with a total of 50 miscues between the teams. The Bison continued to gradually pull away from the Cougars, as their lead swelled to 39-19 on a three from senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) five minutes into the half. Chatham, who made just seven field goals in the second period and finished the game shooting 21 percent (13-63), never moved closer than 18 the rest of the way.
Bethany, who has now won nine of their last 10 games, finished with a 55-32 rebounding advantage and improved to 10-0 all-time against Chatham. The six straight wins by BC is also their longest streak since a school-record 18-game victory string in 2003-04, which was the last year they won the PAC title.
The Bison’s balanced scoring attack was led by DiSanti, who scored 12 points and added five rebounds. Senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) finished with eight points and a team-high seven rebounds, while McCormick, sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) and freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) all had seven each.
For the Cougars, Kayla Hilko finished with a game-high 18 points.
The Green and White return to the hardwood Wednesday for their final regular season home game when they host Westminster at 6 p.m. A Bison win would give them the three-seed for the upcoming PAC Tournament, which will begin with first round play on Tuesday, Feb. 24.