Feb. 13 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team led #14 Thomas More by nine in the first half, but the Saints used a 15-0 run to turn the tide, as they went on to a 56-45 victory over the Bison Saturday afternoon.
A three-pointer by freshman Taylor Kress (Sharpsville, Pa.) and two buckets from junior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) highlighted an 11-2 game-opening run by BC (7-15, 4-8). The Saints (21-2, 12-1) scored five straight, but Bethany answered with a three from sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs), a lay-in by sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) and two Harris foul shots to push their margin back to 18-9 with 9:35 left in the half.
Thomas More’s Amy Stultz sank a three on their next possession, which ignited a 15-0 TMC spurt. Consecutive triples by Chelsea Tolliver and Dana Bors concluded the stretch, which turned the nine-point Saints’ deficit into a six-point lead. Buckets by Kress and Drogniske late in the half helped keep Bethany within 26-22 going into halftime.
The Saints would open the second half with seven consecutive points to build an 11-point margin, but Bethany maintained a reasonable margin. Treys from Wilson and Droginske twice cut the TMC lead down to single digits, but Thomas More scored four consecutive points after Droginske’s three to swell their cushion back to double digits and they went on to win their 11th straight victory.
Leading the Bison offense was Wilson, who cashed in three three-pointers and finished with 11 markers. Kress chipped in with 10 and sophomore Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Central) added seven points and 10 rebounds to help Bethany record a 43-34 rebounding advantage.
Ten different players hit the scorebook for Thomas More, led by Allison Long and Tolliver with nine points apiece.
Bethany will be back on the court Monday night when they host Saint Vincent at 6 p.m.