Nov. 29 - WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Bethany women’s basketball shot just 25 percent from the floor and 20 percent from three-point land in a 75-50 loss to Wittenberg in the first round of the Wilmington Tournament Saturday night.
The defeat drops the Bison (1-3) into Sunday’s consolation game at 1 p.m. against Pitt-Bradford, who lost 96-57 in the other first round game Saturday against Wilmington.
Bethany struggled offensively from the start, as Wittenberg (4-0) jumped out to a 12-0 lead before BC’s first basket on a jumper from sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) at the 12:17 mark. Turnovers also hampered the Bison’s efforts, as they committed 17 first-half miscues, which were turned into 21 points by the Tigers as they built a 40-19 lead at halftime.
The Bison had their best surge of the night to open the second half. Senior center Renee Brandenburg (Avella, Pa.) knocked down three jumpers and senior guard Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) had two buckets, including a three to cap an 11-3 spurt that cut the Tiger lead to 43-30 with 16:32 to play.
That would be as close as the Green and White would get, as Wittenberg answered back with seven straight points to push the margin back to 20 and Bethany would not get any closer than 18 the rest of the way. Although the Bison pulled down 20 offensive boards in the setback, they knocked down just 17-of-68 from the field and canned just 2-of-20 from the arc.
Two Bethany players reached double digits in Brandenburg, who tallied 12 points and also blocked four shots, and Harris, who finished with 10 markers. Freshman Tamara Blankenship (Clarksburg, Pa./Saltsburg) came off the bench with six points and a team-high eight boards.
The Tigers were paced by Sarah Watson with 17 points and Stephanie Boardman with 13 points and 13 rebounds.