Beaver Falls, Pa- Bethany College women's basketball cruises by Geneva, 78-60, Friday evening. The Bison had four players in double figures. Seniors Ashley Duthie and Sammie Weiss led the Bison with 19 points apiece. With the victory, the green and white are now 10-8 (5-4), while the Golden Tornadoes fall to 2-14 (0-9).
1st- Bethany struck first with an Amanda Reynolds layup. The Bison and Golden Tornadoes exchanged buckets going neck and neck throughout the quarter. An Ashley Duthie trey at the Buzzer put the green and white ahead 22-19 at the end of one. Bethany shot 59% in the quarter.
2nd- Geneva tied the game at 22-22, to start the stanza. Bison regained the lead with Sammie Weiss' foul shots, and getting jumpers from Duthie and Courtney Walker, 29-22. The green and white extended their lead 14 points getting back to back threes from Allison Kuhn and Skyler Myers, 42-28. Bethany led by 18 going into halftime, 48-30.
3rd- The Golden Tornadoes struck first to start the half, 48-32. A pair of free throws from Weiss built the Bison lead back up, 50- 32. Back to back layups from Makayla Reynolds and Duthie put the Bison ahead 21 with 5:50 to go in the third stanza. The green and white led by as many as 25 points in the third quarter.
4th- Bethany held a commanding lead throughout the fourth, only allowing the Golden Tornadoes within 13. Allison Kuhn hit a three with 5:06 to go in game to build the Bison lead back to 18, 70-52. The Bison scored 13 points off of the Golden Tornadoes turnovers.
IN THE BOX SCORE
• Ashley Duthie set a new career high with 19 points, shooting 8-14 from the field
• The Bison dished out 15 assists. Duthie led the green and white with 6 dimes
• Sammie Weiss added 19 points, 11 of Weiss' points came from the charity stripe
• Makayla Reynolds and Courtney Walker contributed 11 points apiece
• Weiss grabbed seven rebounds and Reynolds pulled in six rebounds for the Bison
• Bethany had a season low seven turnovers
• The green and white shot 92.9% (13-14) from the charity stripe
Head Coach Brian Sansom:
"From start to finish this was the most complete game we have played all season! We talk a lot about competing on every possession no matter the situation and we did that for 40 minutes today! I just can't say enough about our energy, as these players would say our bench was LIT today! My seniors today were absolutely outstanding! Ashely and Sammie played to their abilities plus more and I am just so happy for Taylor Large, she comes to practice every day with a positive attitude and works so hard! Her minutes today we so important for us! Our two freshmen point guards Amanda and Skyler had ZERO turnovers, and were in complete control and got our team into a lot of good sets! Courtney Walker made some big plays today and hit some big shots! I also want to point out how important the roles of some of the players who don't get a lot of minutes are, what they give this team is just as important as a bucket or rebound! I am probably leaving players out and I am sorry for that but I am just so happy for my players today! With the big snowstorm coming tomorrow I told the team if I can make it to campus we're getting together and making a big snowman! #ONEBethany"
Bethany returns home next Saturday, Jan. 26, against Grove City. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.