Jan. 30 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team blew open a nine-point contest by scoring the game’s final 18 points en route to a 77-50 victory over visiting Waynesburg (Pa.) University Wednesday night.
The win, which was their largest of the season, improved the Bison to 10-8 overall and 6-3 in the PAC. The Yellow Jackets fell to 1-17 and 0-9 with the defeat.
Freshman Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) started her big night by scoring three baskets during the Bison’s 12-0 run to open the contest. Waynesburg would commit 12 of their 19 first half turnovers during BC’s 24-6 spurt through the opening nine minutes of the game, which allowed BC to construct a 40-27 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Bison were in front 51-35 before Waynesburg scored seven straight to cut it to single digits at 51-42. The Yellow Jackets continued to hang around for the next few minutes and when Michaelene Jones scored with 8:20 to play, the Bison were still holding a nine-point margin at 59-50.
The rest of the contest would belong to the Bethany defense, which blanked Waynesburg through the final eight minutes, as the visitors missed their final 12 shots and committed eight turnovers during that stretch. Meanwhile, the Bison were pouring in 18 consecutive points to break their two-game slide in the conference.
Four players reached double figures for Bethany, led by the Goode sisters. Kelly had her third game this season with 20+ points, as she recorded 21 markers, as well as five rebounds and five steals. Twin sister Stacy registered her first career double-double in an unusual way. In addition to totaling seven rebounds and four assists, Stacy had 13 points and 10 steals, which is the second-most ever in a single-game in Bethany history. The only player to record more thefts in a game was Stephanie Cunningham when she had a dozen steals in a game against Notre Dame (Md.) in 1995.
Rounding out BC’s top scorers were junior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) with 16 and junior forward Susannah Cartland (Harvard, Ill.) with 15.
Waynesburg was paced by Elisha Jones with 14 points and nine rebounds, as the Yellow Jackets lost for the 13th time in their last 14 trips to Hummel Field House.
Bethany will return to the hardwood Saturday with a 5:30 p.m. tip-off against a Geneva team they took to overtime in the first meeting Dec. 8. However, the Golden Tornadoes would pull out a 79-68 victory that day.