BISON LOOK TO STAY IN TOP HALF OF PAC RACE VS. GROVE CITY
Jan. 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – With the first half of the conference schedule completed, the Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to remain in the top half of the PAC standings when it hosts Grove City Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Bison (9-7 overall) finished the first round of conference match-ups in fourth place with a 5-4 league record. On Wednesday, BC could not extend a two-game winning streak, as ice cold shooting resulted in a 70-45 setback to PAC co-leader Saint Vincent. Bethany went seven and a half minutes before scoring their first field goal of the game. After rallying from an early deficit to get within eight points early in the second half, BC then scored just six points over a 10-minute stretch, as the Bearcats pulled away for the win.
Bethany matched a season-low by shooting only 29.3 percent from the floor, which included only two three-pointers, also a low mark for the campaign. Senior guard Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) had 10 points and three assists and senior forward Katelynn Hackathorn (Valley Grove, W.Va./Wheeling Park) notched 10 points as well.
This year marks the first time Bethany has been over .500 in the conference at the midway point since the 2007-08 season. BC has recently been a slow starter in conference play, compiling an 11-18 record the first time through league play over the last four years. However, the Bison have closed each of those seasons with a flourish, earning a 19-10 in the back half of the slate over that same stretch, including a 6-2 record last year.
Bethany can start the second half of PAC schedule on a high note with a win over Grove City, which would give BC their first regular season sweep of the Wolverines since 2007-08. In the first meeting between the teams this year, Hackathorn erupted for 18 points and 11 rebounds and Wilson went for 14 points and six assists in a 79-67 victory. Also aiding in the Bison win was a season-high 23 free throws and a 39-30 rebounding advantage.
Grove City (4-12, 3-6) is looking to ignite a second-half surge after dropping six of their last eight games. On Wednesday, the Wolverines fell behind visiting Thiel by 10 at the break and never moved closer than the seven the rest of the way in suffering a 65-53 loss. Coming off the bench to score a team-best 15 was Hannah Jo Coneby, while Megan Gebrosky hit for 12 and Leah Gibson scored 10.
Gibson, who had 18 in the first meeting with Bethany, is the Wolverines’ leading scorer and ranks eighth in the PAC with 12.0 points per game. The junior guard is also sixth in the circuit in free throw percentage at 77.8. Gebrosky comes in second on the team in scoring with 9.3 points and has hit 23 three-pointers. Inside is Coneby, who is averaging 7.5 points and is second in the conference behind only Hackathorn in field goal percentage (52.7).
Fans that can not make the trip to Bethany for the games can follow the action live from their home computer. Both the women’s and men’s games on Saturday will be video streamed live by the Bethany Broadcast Network. Fans can access the broadcasts by going to http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/bethanywv.portal# .