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Feb. 24 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team fell behind top seed Thomas More early and could not rally back, as the Bison were eliminated from the PAC Tournament with an 83-56 loss in the semifinal Friday night.

The defeat drops the Bison’s record to 16-11, while the Saints improve to 23-4 and advance to the PAC Title Game Saturday against #2 Saint Vincent at 5 p.m.

After TMC opened the game with a 12-0 run, Bethany answered with 13 of the next 19 points and trimmed the Saints’ lead to 18-13 following a lay-in by junior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley). Thomas More would pull away over the final 13 minutes of the half and behind 21 points from Allison Long, the home team built a 46-27 halftime cushion.

Bethany posted an 8-4 spurt early in the second half, but Thomas More, off the strength of a 20-7 run, extended their lead to 74-44 with 6:55 left. The Saints finished the game shooting 53 percent from the floor and a 44-26 rebounding advantage.

The Bison had one player register double digits, as senior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) hit for 16 points, a season-high. Senior Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) notched nine points and senior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) chipped in eight. Leading BC on the glass was Taormina with seven rebounds and senior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) passed out a team-best five assists.

For the Saints, Long finished with a game-high 27 points and Devin Beasley scored 17 markers.

The Bison will find out Monday if their season will continue when the ECAC South Region Tournament bids are announced.