Feb. 22 - BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany College women’s basketball game dropped a PAC Quarterfinal game against Grove City 66-59 Tuesday night.
The loss for the Bison eliminates them from the PAC Tournament and ends their season with a 13-13 record, while the Wolverines (14-12) will travel to Thomas More for the championship weekend and a spot in the semifinals against #1 Thomas More.
Grove City jumped out to an early advantage 8-3 before the Bison made their move. With the score 12-9 in the Wolverines favor, the Bison used a quick 7-0 run by senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) to grab the lead. A three-pointer by Megan Gebrosky with 3:55 was the last field goal of the half by either team. The Bison would connect on three free throws and the Wolverines would sink one of two just before the half, as BC took a 28-23 advantage into the intermission.
The Bison shot 45 percent from the field (3-for-6 from the three-point line) and held the Wolverines to just 29 percent shooting in the half. Junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) was the high point scorer in the half with 11 and Harris chipped in 10 points.
The Wolverines would connect on 75 percent (6-8) in the first half and Alison Wells dropped in a team-high eight points, while leading scorer Christine Slater was held to just four points.
The Bison would grab a game-high nine-point spread when sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) would make two early lay-ups for the Bison in the first minute of the second half. From there, the Wolverines would begin to chip into the Bison lead, as Grove City would go on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 40 with 10 minutes remaining in the game.
Bethany would respond with taking a 45-42 lead with a three-point play from Harris, but that’s when the Wolverines threw the final blow by exploding for a 12-0 run. Eight of the points were scored at the free line which was Grove City’s best friend in the second half. The Wolverines would withstand any Bison come back by connecting on all 21 free throw attempts in the second half.
GCC’s Megan Gebrosky would knock a pair of free throws to give Grove City an 11-point margin. The Bison hit two threes in the final minute, but six free throws by the Wolverines down the stretch would clinch the quarterfinal win.
The Bison shot just 37 percent from the floor and were out-scored at the free throw line by 18 points. Harris led the Bison with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Wilson chipped in 19 points of her own. The Bison would out-rebound the Wolverines with a plus seven in that category, but couldn’t over come 18 turnovers.
The Wolverines were led by Gebrosky’s 18 points, while Wells scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
By Nate Tieman Sports Information Student Assistant