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Bison Hang Tough But Fall at #4 Mount Union

Nov. 20 - ALLIANCE, Ohio – After falling behind by 14 at halftime, the Bethany College women’s basketball team outscored Mount Union in the second half, but the deficit was too big to overcome, as the Bison fell by a 59-46 score to the Purple Raiders.

The defeat drops Bethany’s record to 0-3 overall, while Mount Union, who is ranked #4 in this week’s USA Today/WBCA Top 25 poll, improved to 3-0.

7674Garneau12.jpgThe Raiders posted the first five points of the game and eventually built as large as a 25-8 lead. The Bison were hampered by 14 first-half turnovers, but with back-to-back hoops by senior Carly Garneau (right - Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) and freshman Brianna Nuzum (Morgantown, W.Va.) in the final two minutes, BC was able to trim the home team’s lead to 35-21 at halftime.

Although Bethany turned the ball over 12 more times in the second half, the Green and White was able to chip into the Mount Union lead thanks to eight offensive rebounds and a big half from senior Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley). Still trailing by 15 with 12 minutes to play, Taormina dropped in eight to spark a 10-4 surge and her three-point play brought the Bison within nine at 45-36 with 8:33 left.

The BC upset hopes were dashed from that point, as Mount Union scored six straight and 12 of the next 14 to take its biggest lead of the night at 57-38 and the Purple Raiders went on to its third straight win to open the year.

3866Taormina12.jpgLeading the Bison effort was Taormina (right), who notched all 13 of her points in the second half. Junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) recorded 10 points and both her and Taormina had three assists each to lead the team. Grabbing a team-high six rebounds was junior guard Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson).

For Mount Union, Brittany Kilgore had 14 points and Rosa Lammattina totaled 10 points and six assists.

Bethany is now off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back on the court next Monday with a non-conference road tilt at Penn State-Beaver. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.