Bison unable to overcome early deficit to Presidents

Bison unable to overcome early deficit to Presidents

Washington, Pa. – The Bethany College women's basketball team fell to Washington and Jefferson in a PAC contest Saturday afternoon, 71-49. The Bison were led by Makayla Reynolds with 17 points. The green and white are now 9-7 (4-3) and the Presidents are now 10-5 (6-1).

1st- Bethany trailed 8-0 before getting an offensive rebound and put back from Makayla Reynolds, putting the Bison on the board. Reynolds scored the Bison's first six points in the game, cutting the Presidents' lead 11-6. The Bison trailed at the end of first 25-8.

2nd- The Bison chipped away at the Presidents' lead in the seconds. Buckets from Kelsie Meintel and Reynolds cut the lead to 13, 27-14. Free throws from Courtney Walker brought the Bison within single digits, 31-22. The Bison and Presidents exchanged buckets in the final minutes of the half. The green and white went into halftime down nine, 35-26.

3rd- The green and white saw the Presidents' lead grow to 18 before getting two free throws from Meintel, at the 7:05 mark in the third quarter. Bethany was outscored, 21-6 in the third quarter.

4th- Bethany outscored Washington and Jefferson 17-15 in the fourth quarter but the Presidents' lead was too much to overcome.

Makayla Reynolds led the Bison with 17 points, shooting 6-12 from the field. Reynolds pulled in six rebounds, five coming from the offensive glass
Ashley Duthie added 11 points
Courtney Walker contributed seven points
• The Bison outrebounded the Presidents 42-30. The green and white grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and scored 12 second chance points
Kelsie Meintel pulled in a team high seven rebounds

Head Coach Brian Sansom:

"A tough first quarter to recover from! Uncharacteristic of ourselves as we gave up 25 pts and we were 2-11 from the field! I thought the group who started and those first subs played extremely hard, just didn't have a lot of things go right! Played a much better 2nd quarter to get back into the game, we executed our offense during this quarter and did a heck a lot better keeping our opponent in front of us! Again tough way to start 3rd quarter with them scoring an easy layup and then we turned it over the next couple possessions! Classes start on Monday and hope my players have a great start to the semester and take care of business in the classroom like we did last semester" #ONEBethany

Bethany travels to Waynesburg in a PAC matchup Wednesday Jan. 16. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 pm