Bethany, W.Va. - The Bethany College women's basketball team defeated Thiel 63-53, Saturday afternoon in Hummel Fieldhouse. The Bison were led by Ashley Duthie's (Madison, Ohio/ Madison) second double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds and career high 15 points from freshman Kelsie Meintel (Moundsville, W.Va/Cameron). The green and white are now 5-3 (2-1) while the Tomcats fall to 2-6 (0-3).
The Bison started the game with two straight turnovers, allowing Thiel to jump out to an early 5-0. Senior Sammie Weiss (Taylorstown, Pa/ McGuffey) got the Bison on the board with a pair of free throws cutting the lead 5-2. Moments later, a steal from Janaya Hazlip (McKees Rocks, Pa/ Sto-Rox) led to a Meintel layup, bringing the team within one. After cold shooting in the first quarter Bethany trailed 11-9. Bethany started the second quarter with two straight turnovers letting the Thiel lead grow 14-9. Another Meintel layup tied the game at 19-19, and minutes later a three from Freshman Skyler Myers (Vermilion, Ohio/ Vermilion) gave the Bison the lead. The green and white never turned back leading 31-21 at halftime. During the third quarter the Bison kept a commanding lead over the Tomcats, until a back-to-back threes brought the lead to three, 39-36. The green and white received layups from Weiss and freshman Taylor Stinnett (Barberton, Ohio/Barberton) to build the lead back up 43-39 to end the quarter. Bethany continued to hit multiple shots to pull away in the fourth.
IN THE BOX SCORE
Ashley Duthie had her second double-double of the season, scoring 15 points and pulling in 10 rebounds, shooting 4-10 from the field and 7-8 from the charity stripe
- Freshmen Kelsie Meintel added a career high 15 points and pulled in eight rebounds
- Senior Sammie Weiss flirted with her first double-double of the season scoring 12 points and grabbing nine rebounds
- Sophomore Makayla Reynolds added nine points, scoring four from offensive rebounds
- The Bison out rebounded the Tomcats 50-28. Sophomore Janaya Hazlip pulled in eight rebounds
- Haylie Glass dished out a team high four assist
Head Coach- Brian Sansom
"Great to bounce back after a tough loss on Wednesday! We don't always make it pretty but we battle and I love that about my players! We were playing with heavy hearts today for our teammate Allison Kuhn and the loss of her five year old niece Haelynn. This win was for her and her family."
Bethany looks to keep the momentum going when they take on Allegheny in a non-conference match up Monday Dec. 10 at 5:30 pm, in Hummel Fieldhouse.