Second Half Surge Pushes Bison Past Cougars

Second Half Surge Pushes Bison Past Cougars

Bethany, W. Va. – The Bethany Bison women's basketball team rolled past Chatham Thursday, January, 3rd inside Hummel Field House. The Bison were led by seniors Ashley Duthie and Sammie Weiss with 16 and 13 points respectively. Weiss had a Double-Double in the contest, leading the Bison with 10 rebounds. The green and white are now 8-5, 3-1 while the Cougars fall to 6-7, 2-3.

1st- Bethany and Chatham traded buckets to start the game. Janaya Hazlip led the Bison with a layup and Ashley Duthie hit a trey to bring the Bison within two, 7-5. The green and white trailed by four, before coming back and regaining the lead from a layup from Taylor Stinnett. Bethany led 16-12 at the end of one.

2nd- Allison Kuhn hit a three to put the Bison up 19-12. Chatham rallied back and tied the game at 25-25. Bethany was outscored 15-9 in the second quarter, going into halftime trailing 27-25.

3rd- The Bison and Courgars traded buckets to start the second half. Chatham took a four point lead before Bethany hit back to back layups, from Kelsie Meintel and Hazlip, knotting the game at 31-31. The Bison took the lead with a jumper from Makayla Reynolds and the green and white didn't look back. The Bison led at the end of three, 45-40.

4th- Ball movement from the Bison surged the lead to 16. The green and white dished out eight assists and shot 16-17 in the second half from the charity stripe.

Ashley Duthie led the Bison with 16 points, shooting 5-8 from the field and hitting 5-6 from the charity stripe
Sammie Weiss got her first double-double of the season contributing 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds
• The Bison out rebounded the Cougars, 41-27. Duthie and Reynolds grabbed eight rebounds each
• The green and white dished out 14 assists. Allison Kuhn dished out four and Hazlip and Duthie added three apiece
Janaya Hazlip, Makayla Reynolds, and Haylie Glass added eight points apiece for the Bison
• Bethany shot 17-21 from the charity stripe, getting 16-17 in the second half

Head Coach Brian Sansom:
"Heck of a game by my team tonight! Chatham is a very hard team to play because of the style they play and we struggled some out of gate with it! Haylie Glass got us going offensively tonight in the first half and I really thought Taylor Stinnett also gave us a spark off the bench in the first half! I thought again tonight we did a really good job defensively! When our on ball defense is solid we tend to be pretty good on that end of the floor! The team did a really good job adjusting at halftime to what our game plan was and after the first few possessions of the 2nd half I thought we really played a great game from there on out! Ashley and Sammie made some big plays for us and hit some big foul shots down the stretch! I would love for us to continue to get to the line, 16-17 in the 2nd half is awesome compared to 1-4 in the first half! All in all I thought the difference was us executing offensively in the 2nd half and forcing them into some tough shots with better on ball defense! We talk a lot about protecting our home court and how important it is to win PAC games here, we did a good job of that tonight and I like the direction we're heading!" #ONEBethany

Bethany travels to Latrobe, Pa Saturday Jan. 5 to take on St. Vincent in a PAC contest at 4pm