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Jan. 20 - BETHANY, W.Va. – The Bethany women’s basketball team will host their first of two ranked opponents this week when they take on visiting Washington & Jefferson, ranked 20th in this week’s poll, Wednesday night in a 6 p.m. tip-off at Hummel Field House.

The Bison (6-9, 2-4) have built some momentum coming into this week, as they scored a pair of narrow victories last week. On Saturday, BC held off a late charge from Westminster to record a 67-62 win on the road. Sophomore twins Kelly (15) and Stacy (12) Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) combined to score 27 points, but it was six free throws in the final minute from senior guard Caelyn DiSanti (Tarentum, Pa./North Catholic), who also drew a crucial charge in the closing seconds, that clinched the win.

DiSanti’s overall play has been a big spark in the Bison’s 5-3 record over the last eight games. Although she hasn’t posted gaudy offensive numbers, averaging 5.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds over that stretch, she steps up in key situations. Back on Jan. 7 in a 70-69 loss at Saint Vincent, she went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 45 seconds to help Bethany nearly pull out a win. DiSanti repeated that foul line effort at Westminster Saturday, as BC pulled into a tie for fifth place in the league with Thiel and Waynesburg.

And while DiSanti, who is tied for fifth in the PAC in assists (3.7), continues to trigger the offense, the 5-8 guard has also been tough on the defensive end of the floor. In last Wednesday’s 60-56 win over Chatham, she matched up with the Cougars’ leading scorer Kayla Hilko (nearly 13 per game) and DiSanti limited her to just eight. At Westminster Saturday, in addition to the charge, she locked up with the Titans’ top threat, Amy Dolsak (13.7 ppg.), and kept her to seven markers in the Bison victory.

As a team, Bethany’s defense has made improvements over this eight-game stretch. After allowing five of their first seven opponents to shoot better than 40 percent, only three of the last eight have eclipsed that mark. BC has also held six of their last eight foes to 64 points or less, including a season-low 49 by Marietta back on Dec. 16.

The Bison have a daunting task in front of them Wednesday if they want to continue that run. W&J (14-1, 6-0) is ranked second in the conference in scoring (72.1) and has surpassed 70 points in seven different games this season. The Presidents only needed to score 66 Saturday to come away with a 10-point victory at Waynesburg. Forward Emily Hays totaled a game-high 18 and 11 different players scored for W&J, who held the Yellow Jackets to just 12 first half markers.

Hays leads a balanced President attack with 15.3 points per game and she is shooting 53.5 percent from the floor. Another interior presence is Maggie Gibson, who averages a double-double with 11.4 points and a PAC-best 11.5 boards per contest, which is a big reason why W&J out-rebounds teams by an average of 8.5 per contest. Running the show for the Presidents is junior Kennan Killeen, who is averaging 10.3 points and is tied with DiSanti for fifth in the conference with 3.7 assists per game. Her experience at the point shows in that W&J is turning the ball over just 14.1 times per game, the fewest in the PAC.

The Presidents lead the series with Bethany 41-30 and have captured six straight, including 71-61 and 66-50 triumphs last year. BC’s Kelly Goode averaged 16.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in the two match-ups, but W&J rode the production of Gibson (19.5 pts., 8.5 rebs.) and Hays (17.5 pts., 7.5 rebs.) to the season sweep.