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CHATHAM USES HOT 2ND HALF SHOOTING TO DOWN BISON

Jan. 16 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Chatham shot 55 percent (11-20) in the second half to break a deadlocked score at halftime and claim a 57-51 triumph Saturday afternoon over the Bethany women’s basketball team at Hummel Field House.

Both teams were sluggish offensively at the start, as the first points didn’t come until a lay-up from BC freshman Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) at the 15:40 mark. The opening period was tight throughout, with eight ties, five lead changes and neither team leading by more than three. Bethany sophomore Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) swished a foul shot with 45 seconds left in the stanza to even the score at 23-23 heading into halftime.

In the second half, the contest was still knotted at 35 when the Cougars made their move. A three-pointer by Courtney Smith highlighted a 10-0 spurt by the visitors, as they took a 45-35 advantage with 6:44 to play. The Bison still trailed by nine with less than three minutes to play when their ice-cold three-point shooting started to warm up. Droginske banged home treys on consecutive trips to slice the Chatham lead down to 49-46 with 1:42 on the clock.

Unfortunately for Bethany, that would be as close as their rally would get them. The Cougars (7-7, 2-4) sank six consecutive free throws and went 8-for-10 from the charity stripe in the final 1:17 to clinch the win and move ahead of the Bison (4-11, 1-5) in the PAC standings.

Although BC controlled the boards by a 38-22 margin, their cold shooting (36 percent) hampered them Saturday. The late surge from Droginske helped her finish with a team-leading 13 points, while Taromina added 11.

Chatham’s balanced offense only featured one double-digit scorer, as Kayla Hilko dropped in a game-high 19.

The Bison will be back on the hardwood Wednesday night when they travel to #25 Washington & Jefferson. The game will be the second half of a doubleheader with the men’s team and tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m.