Jan. 14 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to rebound from its second consecutive loss to a ranked opponent when its travels to Chatham Saturday afternoon for a PAC match-up at 2 p.m.
Following a 12-point defeat to #25 Saint Vincent last Saturday, the Bison (6-8, 1-5) were at third-ranked Thomas More Wednesday and shot 26 percent to finish with a season low in points in a 68-42 loss. Bethany did match their season-low for turnovers (16), but were also out-rebounded 50-37. Junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) came off the bench to score a team-high eight points and junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) tallied seven.
Although Wednesday’s loss was BC’s second straight on the road and put their record at 3-3 away from Hummel Field House. That mark is already far better than what was posted last year, when Bethany finished 1-13 on the road. Defense was the key in their three wins, which came over Franciscan, Ohio-Eastern and Geneva, as the Bison did not allow more than 59 points or allow their opponents to shoot better than 40 percent.
A win on Saturday would not only break Bethany’s four-game losing streak, but it would also break a two-game skid to Chatham. The Bison won the first 10 meetings with the Cougars, but Chatham swept the season series last year by scores of 57-51 at Bethany and 71-62 on their home floor. Junior guard Audra Droginske averaged 13 points in the two meetings, but BC had a hard time containing Chatham’s Kayla Hilko, who netted 19 and 18 points, respectively, to lead the Cougars to the wins.
Chatham (5-9, 1-5) will also be trying to break a losing streak, as they’ve dropped three straight. The most recent loss was a heart-breaking 70-65 overtime setback at Washington & Jefferson Wednesday, a game the Cougars led by as many as 11 in the second half. The only player to score double digits for Chatham was Colleen Kiss, who came off the bench to hit 5-of-6 from the arc and tally 18.
A 5-9 sophomore transfer from St. Bonaventure, Kiss has provided an instant spark to the Cougar offense in her four games since joining the team, as she is averaging 11.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Also averaging double figures is 5-10 forward Brittany Brown with 10.7 points and a team-best 7.2 rebounds per game and Hilko, who is putting in 10.5 points and ranks second in the PAC in free throw percentage (81.0).