BETHANY, W.Va. –The Bethany women’s basketball team was unable to overcome a 19-point halftime deficit and fell to Thomas More, the 14th-ranked team in the nation, by a count of 83-64 Saturday afternoon at Hummel Field House.
Fresh off taking down 20th-ranked Washington & Jefferson Wednesday, the Bison (7-10, 3-5) were looking for their second upset in four days. However, the Saints (15-2, 7-1) were ready for BC from the start, as they scored the first nine points of the game and built an 18-8 advantage midway through the opening period. Bethany answered back with three consecutive hoops to get within four at 18-14.
Thomas More extended their lead to nine and then seized complete control just before halftime, as a 12-2 spurt in the final three minutes sent the visitors into the break with a 42-23 lead. The Saints knocked down 52 percent (15-29) of their shots in the opening half, while Bethany shot just 32 percent (9-28) and missed all five three-point attempts.
The Saints had another strong start to open a half, as they scored seven straight to swell their margin to 26 points. Bethany managed to trim the deficit to 19 on two occasions, but TMC essentially clinched the victory with a 13-2 surge that ran their advantage to 30 and they cruised to the finish.
The Bison were led in the scoring column by sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami), who went 6-for-8 from the foul line on her way to 14 points. Freshman Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) finished with 10 markers and pulled down a team-high six rebounds.
For Thomas More, Jayme Thiem notched 17, while Nicole Dickman and Kristen Humphrey recorded 16 each.
Bethany will head out on the road for their next contest, traveling to Waynesburg for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off Wednesday. BC was upended by the Yellow Jackets 57-52 in their first meeting of the season on Dec. 6.