Jan. 23 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Although they committed a season-low 11 turnovers, the Bethany College women’s basketball team couldn’t shake off another cold shooting night, as they fell by a 64-56 count to Westminster Saturday at Hummel Field House.
After shooting just 27 percent in a close loss at #22 Washington & Jefferson Wednesday, the Bison (4-13, 1-7) had trouble finding the basket again in the first half against the Titans (7-10, 5-3). Bethany scored the first five points of the contest in a little over two minutes, but managed just 13 points the rest of the half, as they hit only 8-of-30 from the field (27 percent) in falling behind 28-18 at the break.
Westminster scored five of the first seven points in the second half to take their largest lead of the game at 33-20. Bethany answered back by getting to the foul line, as half their points during a 14-4 spurt came from the charity stripe. Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) hit three of the free throws, including one to slice the Titan margin down to 37-34 with 10:53 to go.
That run by the Bison was answered by five straight points from Westminster to push their advantage back out to eight. From there, they fended off any BC comeback, as the Green and White managed to get within four on two occasions but couldn’t get closer. Six consecutive foul shots in the final minute helped the Titans secure the win.
For Bethany, Taormina fired in 17 points to lead all scorers in the game, while sophomores Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) both scored 11. The Bison shooting recovered slightly in the second half, but they finished the game hitting only 38 percent (22-58).
Sisters Amy (15 points) and Emily (10) Dolsak led a balanced offense for the Titans, who posted a 43-36 rebounding advantage over BC.
The Bison will remain at home for their next contest, as they take on invading Waynesburg Wednesday night at 6 p.m.