BISON TRY TO GET BACK ON TRACK WEDNESDAY AGAINST WAYNESBURG
Jan. 26 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team will try to get back on the winning track Wednesday when they host Waynesburg in a 6 p.m. tip-off at Hummel Field House.
Wednesday night will see if the Bison can snap a six-game losing skid, which continued Saturday with a 64-56 loss to Westminster. After shooting 27 percent in a loss at #22 W&J last Wednesday, Bethany hit just 27 percent of their shots in the first half against Westminster to fall into a 28-18 halftime deficit. Although BC started to warm up in the second half, they couldn’t climb out of the hole against the Titans. Freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) fired in 17 points, one off her career-high.
Like the Bison men, the women’s team took care of the basketball Saturday with a season-low 11 turnovers. It was the fewest by BC in a game since turning it over 11 times against W&J in Jan. 2007. One of the keys to Bethany hanging on to the ball is the play of sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central). Although the 5-4 guard is third in the conference in minutes played with 34.0, Droginske has committed only 39 turnovers this season and is ranked second in the PAC in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.38).
Waynesburg (6-11, 3-5) comes into the game needing a win to try to climb up the PAC standings. They currently sit fifth, two games behind Grove City and Westminster, who hold the final two seeds for home games in the PAC Tournament quarterfinals. The Yellow Jackets pulled out a thrilling 65-62 triumph over Chatham on Saturday when Elisha Jones converted a traditional three-point play with 17 seconds left for the winning margin. Jones led all scorers with 16 markers, while forward Brittany Spencer tallied 13 points and grabbed seven boards.
The Chatham game was a rare close game for the Yellow Jackets this year, as only four of their 17 games to date have been decided by less than 12 points. One of those was the first meeting between Bethany and Waynesburg on Dec. 5, a game won by WU 60-58. Bison sophomore Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) and Droginske set career-highs with 19 and 13 points, respectively, but Waynesburg was led by Jones with 13 and Spencer and Morgan Hoone with 12 each in the narrow win.