BISON FALL JUST SHORT IN UPSET BID OVER THOMAS MORE
Jan. 13 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women's basketball team nearly toppled #17 Thomas More Wednesday night at Hummel Field House, but the Saints (12-2, 5-1) scored the final seven points in overtime to come away with a 78-71 win over the Bison (4-10, 1-4).
Bethany trailed by three at halftime but scored the first five points in the second half to take the lead and the see-saw affair began. There were nine lead changes and four ties after halftime, with BC grabbing a 63-61 advantage with 1:14 left in regulation following a three-point play from Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio). Thomas More drew even on the next possession with a pair of free throws, but Bethany would have three chances to win the game in the final 31 seconds. After the Bison missed two shots with a half-minute to go, the Saints turned it over with nine ticks on the clock. Bethany's final chance was a three at the buzzer, but it was off the mark and the game carried to OT.
In the extra session, TMC's Chelsea Tolliver drilled threes on consecutive possessions to give the visitors a 69-66 lead. It was still a three-point margin at 71-68 when Bison freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) knotted the score with a trey at the 1:14 mark. Those would be the final points of the night for the Green and White, as Thomas More's Nicole Dickman hit two foul shots, then converted a lay-up to put her team up four. The Saints went 3-for-4 from the foul line in the final 12 seconds to escape with the win.
Bethany's upset efforts were led by sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park), who set career-highs with 18 points and 13 rebounds for her second double-double of the year. Taormina nearly had a double-double as well with 17 points and nine boards, while sophomore Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) totaled 11 markers, eight rebounds and four assists.
For the Saints, Tolliver poured in 23 and Dickman finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
The Bison will stay at home for their next game, as they host Chatham Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip-off.