Winchester, Va – The Bethany Bison women's basketball team grinded out a 57-49 victory against Shenandoah Friday afternoon in Winchester, Va. The Bison were led by sophomore Allison Kuhn with 13 points. The green and white are now 7-4 (2-1) and Shenandoah falls to 5-6. The 7-4 start from the Bison ties the best start since 2014-15 season.
1st- Bethany started the game with a 7-0 run. Sophomore Allison Kuhn started the game with a shot from behind the arc and moments later added a layup to put the Bison ahead 5-0. The green and white controlled the lead 16-10 at the end of the first.
2nd- Shenandoah started the second quarter on a 4-0 run, cutting the lead to two, 16-14. A layup from freshman Kelsie Meintel brought the lead back up four. The Bison battled holding onto a 28-21 at the half.
3rd- Bison held on to a controlling lead throughout the third. Kuhn's trey and a Janaya Hazlip layup put the Bison up 34-25. Later in the third, Hazlip pulled in an offensive rebound and put up a layup, pulling the Bison ahead 41-32. A Courtney Walker three ended the third quarter giving the green and white a 48-34 lead.
4th- The Hornets attempted to comeback multiple times throughout the fourth quarter. The lead was cut to five with 4:30 to go in the quarter, 50-45. Moments later, the Hornets would cut the lead to three, giving the Bison a 50-47 lead. Layups from Hazlip and Duthie extended the Bison lead, 54-49. In the final moments, foul shots from Kuhn and Sammie Weiss sealed the victory for the Bison.
IN THE BOX SCORE
• Allison Kuhn led the Bison with 13 points, shooting 3-5 from three.
• The Bison out rebounded the Hornets 36-28. Janaya Hazlip led the Bison with six rebounds, three coming from the offensive side. Hazlip added eight points. Senior Ashley Duthie added six rebounds.
• Freshmen Courtney Walker had a career high eight points.
• Senior Sammie Weiss added 11 for the green and white.
• Bethany shot 40.9% from the field and a hot 53.8% from behind the arc.
• The green and white shot 14-19 from the charity stripe.
Head Coach Brian Sansom-
"A really nice win for us today, I really loved the way we rebounded and defended throughout the game! I am really proud of how we hit key foul shots at the end of the game. We had some mental lapses on both side of the ball today but we're not going to be perfect and basketball is a game of runs! We took care of the ball much better, only 5 turnovers in the 2nd half and that was key especially down the stretch when the game was cut to 3pts! I am happy for Courtney Walker today, she's been really working on her game to help us and she did a lot of good things today on both sides of the ball! All in all this was a really good team win for us and hopefully we can continue to build off our positives moving forward! We will enjoy this win and later tonight prepare for a tough game against 8-1 Southern Virginia tomorrow. #ONEBethany!"
Bethany takes on Southern Virginia tomorrow for a non-conference matchup in Winchester, Va. at 12pm.