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WOOSTER, Ohio – The Bethany women’s basketball team led by eight with six minutes to play, but scored just two points the rest of the way as Manchester (Ind.) College rallied for a 59-52 victory over the Bison in the first round of the Wooster Tip-Off Tournament.

The match-ups for Sunday’s games will have BC taking on Pitt-Bradford in the 1 p.m. consolation. The host Wooster, who defeated Bradford 77-71 Saturday afternoon, will face Manchester at 3 p.m.

Bethany could do very little wrong in the first half, as they shot 62 percent (13-21) in building a 35-21 halftime lead. The big push came in the final five minutes of the half, as senior Kaitlyn McCormick (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) and sophomore Stacy Goode (Pleasant Plain, Ohio/Little Miami) each hit a three during a 12-4 spurt to close the half and send the Green and White into locker room with the 14-point advantage.

Bison sophomore Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) swished a three to open the second half and give BC their biggest lead of the day at 38-21. Although Manchester started chopping away at their deficit and was able to get within three at one point, Bethany still seemed in control when McCormick hit a lay-up with 6:12 to play to make it a 50-42 Bison margin.

 However, the BC offense went ice cold the rest of the way and the Spartans would take advantage. They scored 17 consecutive points, with eight coming from Sarah Bose, to turn an eight-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Following McCormick’s lay-up, Bethany committed seven turnovers and went 0-for-7 from the field until a basket with four seconds left snapped a six-minute scoreless stretch.
Leading Bethany’s attack was McCormick with 13 points, while Harris tallied eight points and a team-high six rebounds. Goode had five points and gave out a team-best four assists.
Manchester’s Kelley Meiklejohn led all scorers with 30 points and also pulled down eight rebounds, with Bose and Rachel Wilkinson each dropping in 11 apiece.