Pittsburgh, Pa- The Bethany College women's basketball team traveled to Pittsburgh, Pa. for a President's Athletic Conference (PAC) matchup to face the Chatham University Cougars. The Bison fell to the Cougars, 60-50. Senior Sammie Weiss led the Bison with 20 points. The green and white are now 11-9 (6-5), while Chatham is 11-11 (7-6).
1st- Bethany and Chatham exchanged buckets to start the game off. Sammie Weiss put the Bison on the board with four straight points, 4-2. The Cougars answered and took the lead. An Allison Kuhn three put the Bison back in front, 7-5. Weiss added four more points to put the green and white ahead six, 11-5. At the end of the first stanza the Bison led, 11-7.
2nd- The Courgars took a 12-11 lead to start the second quarter. An Amanda Reynolds jumper put the Bison back ahead, 13-12. The Bison went cold in the second quarter, shooting 15.4% from the field. Chatham answered and went on a 15-5 run to end the second quarter.
3rd- A Kuhn three cut the Cougar lead to eight, 29-21. The Bison chipped away, cutting the lead to four with another Kuhn three, 29-25. The Cougars answered with a three of their own and extended the lead back to seven. A jumper from Ashley Duthie and another Kuhn trey cut the lead to four, 34-30. The green and white couldn't get over the four point hump, trailing 41-35 at the end of the third stanza.
4th- A Kelsie Meintel jumper put the Bison on the board in the fourth quarter, 45-39. A Weiss old fashion three point play put the Bison within seven, 49-42 with just over five minutes to go in the fourth. Makayla Reynolds cut the lead to five with a mid-range jumper, 49-44. The Bison continued to chip away, but fell short of the comeback.
IN THE BOX SCORE
• Sammie Weiss led the Bison with 20 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out four assists
• Allison Kuhn added 15 points, draining five three's
• The Bison outrebounded the Cougars, 47-27. Makayla Reynolds had a career high 13 rebounds (six offensive)
• Amanda Reynolds dished out a career high five assists
• Ashley Duthie pulled in seven rebounds and added six points
• Bethany shot 36.0% from the field compared to Chatham's 35.2%
Head Coach Brian Sansom:
"Tough loss on the road today! Credit to Dave and his team they made things very difficult for us today in all three facets of the game, he has done a great job over there in a very short time! We let some great opportunities slip away today! We didn't have much energy in this game, certainly not like we have had in our big wins this season! Everything starts for us with our energy and defense and I thought we struggled defensively today especially keeping our players in front of us and when they got a step on us we seemed to foul them an awful lot and not work to beat them to where they were going. Sammie Weiss continues to really play well for us and I am happy for her to get back to the type of player her and I knew she could be! Allison Kuhn hit a couple of her threes in key moments of the game to keep us close! We will look to bounce back quickly as we have another tough road PAC game Monday against Thiel who just had a big win today against W&J! #ONEBethany"
Bethany returns action on Monday, Feb. 4, when they travel to Greenville, Pa for a PAC matchup against Thiel. Tipoff is slated for 5:30 pm.