Jan. 21 - BETHANY, W.Va. – After losing an 11-point halftime lead, the Bethany women’s basketball team used a 15-6 run midway through the second half to retake a lead they would not relinquish, as the Bison upset 20th-ranked Washington & Jefferson 66-61 Wednesday night at Hummel Field House.
In the first half, BC (7-9, 3-4) used strong outside shooting to build a 38-27 lead going into halftime. Sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) knocked down one three during an 11-2 run that gave Bethany an 18-10 margin. A triple from sophomore twin Kelly Goode, who was 3-for-3 from deep in the opening stanza, would give Bethany their largest lead of the game at 36-23 and senior Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic) converted a runner in the lane in the waning seconds of the period made it an 11-point cushion for the Bison.
In the opening half, Bethany shot 47 percent from the floor (15-32), which included 6-for-9 accuracy from deep, as the Goode sisters went a combined 5-for-5.
The Presidents proved why they are ranked with a strong start to the second half, as Emily Hays scored eight points during a 17-5 spurt to start the period. W&J completely erased the Bison lead when Kennan Killeen hit a jumper to tie the game, then knocked down a foul shot with 12:39 left to give the visitors a brief 44-43 lead.
After weathering the W&J storm, Bethany went back to work. A three from Stacy Goode put the Green and White back in front and started the deciding run. The Presidents would tie the game again on two foul shots, but the Bison went ahead for good on a three-point play by freshman Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs). Sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) had two huge baskets over the 15-6 spurt, draining a three and a jumper on back-to-back possessions, and Kelly Goode’s hoop with 6:53 left capped the run and ballooned BC’s lead to 58-50.
The Presidents had one more charge left, as two straight jumpers form Killeen sliced the Bison lead to 61-57 with 1:54 to play. But Bethany would put the wraps on the upset when Harris finished a lay-up in the final seconds of the shot clock and senior Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) swished 3-of-4 from the charity stripe in the last 32 seconds, as the Bison ended a six-game losing streak to the Presidents.
Bethany received good contributions from numerous players. Kelly Goode led the scoring output with 15 points and added six rebounds, while Stacy Goode finished with 10. Brandenburg also tallied 10, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots. DiSanti handed out a game-high seven assists and Cartland registered eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds, which helped Bethany compile a 42-37 advantage on the glass over the Presidents, who entered the game ranked second in the conference in rebounding margin.
Four W&J starters completed the game with double figures in points, led by Hays with 19 points, while Maggie Gibson totaled 16 markers and 14 boards.
Having taken down one ranked opponent this week, the Bison will get a chance at a second on Saturday. Bethany will host 15th-ranked Thomas More in Hummel Field House at 2 p.m. The Saints beat BC 86-59 in their first meeting on Dec. 3.