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Scrappy Bison Put Up Fight Before Falling to Saint Vincent 77-64
Feb. 9 -BETHANY, W.Va. – Playing in their final home games, seniors Carly Garneau (Beavercreek, Ohio/Carroll) and Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Bethany College women’s basketball from dropping a 77-64 decision Saturday to Saint Vincent.
The Bison stayed right with the Bearcats throughout the first half. After the visitors took a quick 8-2 lead, a three and two foul shots from Garneau (right) had BC within three points and they kept SVC within striking distance for the remainder of the period. Bethany was as close as two on several occasions, but Saint Vincent did score six of the final eight points of the half to make it a 32-25 margin at halftime.
Saint Vincent (18-5, 14-2) began slowly stretching its lead early in the second half and then a 14-1 push looked to give the Bearcats firm control of the game with a 57-35 lead. Bethany (7-16, 5-11) had some fight left and began chopping away at the deficit. A trey and lay-up by junior Taylor Verrico (Monaca, Pa./Quigley) was followed by a three-point play from freshman Brianna Nuzum (Morgantown, W.Va.) to cap a 10-2 surge that brought the Green and White within 67-57 with four minutes left in the game.
In the end however, the Bearcat offense was too much for Bethany, as SVC shot 66 percent (19-29) in the second half and finished the day hitting 53 percent of its attempts from the field. Bethany’s offense was solid as well, as the team’s 42.1 percent shooting was its second-best in the last nine games.
Three Bison completed the game with double figure points, led by Garneau, who totaled 16 markers and she also made three steals. Taormina (right) turned in 15 points, a team-leading nine boards and two blocks and Verrico fired in a dozen in the loss. In addition to Garneau and Taormina, senior Rebecca Braithwaite (Pittsburgh, Pa./Chartiers Valley) was honored prior to the game and her numbers included three points, three rebounds and four assists.
Saint Vincent’s top performance came from Devin McGrath, who compiled 26 points and 11 boards for her PAC-leading 13th double-double of the season. Also chipping in 15 points was Jordan Clinton.
The Bison will head out on the road for their final two games of the regular season next week, beginning Wednesday with a trip to 8th-ranked and PAC leader Thomas More. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.