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GROVE CITY SCORES LAST SEVEN TO DEFEAT BISON 66-59
Jan. 6 - BETHANY, W.Va. – Grove City scored the last seven points of the game to defeat the Bethany College women’s basketball team 66-59 in Hummel Field House on Thursday night.
With the loss, Bethany drops to 1-3 in the PAC and 6-6 overall. Grove City improves to 2-2 in conference play and 5-5 overall.
Bethany came out of the locker room a bit sluggish early in the first half and Grove City took advantage by jumping out to a14-3 lead before the Bison went on a 12-3 run of their own. GCC’s Alison Wells scored 12 of the first 14 points for the Wolverines on her way to 14 first half-points. The Bison never led in the game, but kept close throughout the first half and tied the game at 26 when junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) hit a jumper with 5:46 remaining in the half. From there, Grove City scored the next seven points to take a 33-26 lead into halftime.
The first half saw just four team fouls apiece. The Bison connected on only 27 percent of their first-half field goals but were 5-11 from the three-point line. Grove City dominated the paint in the first half, scoring 21 of their 33 points in the key, which led to 45.5 percent shooting by the Wolverines. Wells and Slater (12 first half points) had big first halves for the visitors, while junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) tallied eight by the break.
The second half started a lot like the first half, with the Bison playing catch-up. Grove City scored eight of the first 12 points to again take a double-digit lead. Bethany began to slowly chip away at the Wolverine lead with good defense and easy buckets around the rim.
Senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) drained a three from the right wing to tie the game up at 55 with just under four minutes remaining in the game. From there, the teams exchanged two baskets a piece before the Wolverines scored the last seven points of the game over the final 87 seconds, which all came from the free throw stripe. Grove City’s Christine Slater capped a big game by hitting all four of her free throw attempts in the final minute
Bethany was balanced throughout the game with three players in double figures. Wilson and Harris each had 11 and Shepherd added 10 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double on the night. Freshman Skylar Williams (Jefferson Hills, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) came off the bench to give some good minutes, tallying seven points, six rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes of action.
The second half saw the BC defense tighten up in the painted area, only giving up six points and leveled the play inside for the game (28-24 in GCC’s advantage). Another bright spot for the Bison was the play of the bench, which outscored Grove City 21-3 and out rebounded the Wolverines 15-4.
For Grove City, Slater tied a career-best 28 points while also grabbing five rebounds. Wells tallied 18 points and six rebounds and Jenna Johnston grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Bison will be back in action Saturday when they take on PAC foe Saint Vincent at 2 p.m. in Hummel Field House.
By: Nate Tieman Sports Information Student Assistant