HALFTIME LEAD SLIPS AWAY FROM BISON IN LOSS AT MUSKINGUM
Nov. 23 - NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Junior Anne Wilson (Saegertown, Pa./Cambridge Springs) scored 20 points, but the Bethany College women’s basketball team couldn’t hang on to a six-point halftime lead as Muskingum came back for a 76-67 victory over the Bison Tuesday night.
The Bison (1-3) led by one midway through the opening half before a 12-3 spurt pushed their lead to 25-15. Wilson fired in all six of her first-half markers during the run. A trey by junior Audra Droginske (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Central) gave BC a nine-point cushion with a minute to go in the half, but Amanda Dobbins completed a three-point play on the Muskies’ (2-2) next possession to make it a 33-27 Bethany lead at the break.
A three-pointer early in the second half by Bison junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) gave the Green and White their largest lead at 42-31 with 16:17 to play in the game. Muskingum started cutting into the BC margin but a pair of free throws by Wilson and a lay-up by sophomore Carly Garneau (Beaver Creek, Ohio/Carroll) extended the Bethany lead back to 56-49 with 7:15 to play.
From that point, the Bison offense went cold and Muskingum heated up. Over the next five-plus minutes, the Muskies erupted for a 20-5 run, which was started by a trio of three-pointers. All five Bethany points came from the foul line, as they committed two turnovers and missed four shots from the floor during that stretch. The Bison would finish the game with just two field goals in the final seven minutes as the Muskies completed the comeback.
Pacing Bethany in the game was Wilson with a season-high 20 points, while junior Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) tallied 12 off the bench. Sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) grabbed nine rebounds and senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) pulled down eight boards to lead BC to a 43-36 advantage on the glass, but the Bison committed 24 turnovers that were converted to 23 Muskie points.
Muskingum’s efforts were spearheaded by Dobbins with 16 points off the bench and Hannah Oakley with 13.
The Bison are now off for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back on the floor Monday at Franciscan in a non-conference fray at 7 p.m.