Dec. 5 - WAYNESBURG, Pa. – Bethany College freshman Kelly Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) led all scorers with 19 points, as the Bison women’s basketball team recorded a 65-47 victory st Waynesburg (Pa.) University Wednesday.
With the triumph, which was their first at Waynesburg since 2004, the Bison improved to 4-4 overall and 1-1 in the PAC. The Yellow Jackets fall to 1-5 and 0-2.
Off the strength of a 12-2 run to open the game, Bethany was in control from the start. Freshman guard Stacy Goode (Pleasant Point, Ohio/Little Miami) knocked down a pair of jumpers during the early spurt and the Yellow Jackets were never closer than eight points the rest of the half. A late three in the stanza by Kelly Goode gave her 10 points by the break and helped send BC into the locker room with a 34-23 advantage.
Bethany junior guard Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) drilled a jumper to open the second half but Waynesburg responded with three consecutive hoops, including a pair from Michaelene Jones, to get within seven at 36-29 with 17:37 left in the game.
The momentum didn’t belong to the Yellow Jackets for long, as the Bison pulled away with an 18-3 run, highlighted by nine straight points from Kelly Goode. A lay-up by sophomore Stephanie Shafer (Lancaster, Ohio) capped the blitz, which put BC in front 54-32 with 10 minutes to play and Waynesburg didn’t get the Green and White advantage under 20 until there was a little more than a minute to play.
Bethany’s offense was balanced, as 11 different players hit the scorebook. The only Bison to reach double digits was Kelly Goode with 19 markers on 8-for-13 shooting. Stacy Goode and junior center Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) each had eight points as well. Stacy Goode led the team with six rebounds, while DiSanti handed out a team-leading four assists.
Waynesburg, who committed 39 turnovers in the loss, had four players record eight points, including Jones, Jeannette Wonsettler, Johnna Deco and Celina Gomez. Wonsettler also led on the glass with 13 boards.
The Bison will play their final game before the holiday break Saturday when they host Geneva (Pa.) College at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Golden Tornadoes are a provisional member of the NCAA, so the contest will not count in the PAC standings.