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Jan. 12 - CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. – The Bethany College women’s basketball team shot just 26 percent from the floor Wednesday night in suffering a 68-42 defeat at Thomas More, who entered the game ranked third in the nation in the WBCA and national polls.

The setback lowered the Bison’s overall record to 6-8 and PAC mark to 1-5, while the Saints improved to 14-0 and 6-0 in the league.

A three-pointer by junior Renee Shepherd (New Martinsville, W.Va./Magnolia) and a jumper from sophomore Kayla Taormina (Center Twp., Pa./Quigley) staked BC to a 5-4 lead three minutes into the opening half. The home team seized control with a 19-3 spurt to claim a 23-8 advantage and Thomas More’s lead grew to 35-14 going into halftime when Moriah Corey sank a jumper as the first half buzzer sounded.

The Saints scored the first three points of the second half and the closest Bethany was able to get came when senior Tara Harris (Zanesville, Ohio) canned a triple to make it a 40-20 margin. Thomas More answered on their next possession with their own trey and coasted to the victory from there.

The Bison shooting was as cold as the weather outside, as they made just 15-of-57 attempts from the field (26.3 percent) in setting a season-low for points scored. Junior guard Kelly Zogran (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) connected on a pair of threes in the second half to finish with a team-high eight points, while Shepherd notched seven.

Twelve different Thomas More players scored in the victory, led by Chelsea Tolliver with a dozen and Katie Kees, who had 10 markers and a game-high nine rebounds.

Bethany will be back on the road for their next game, as they travel to Chatham Saturday afternoon for a 2 p.m. tip-off.