In highly dramatic fashion, the Bethel College Lady Pilots picked up their second consecutive win by downing Rochester College 60-59. The win moves BC's season record to 2-12 heading into the holiday weekend while the Warriors from Rochester slip to 6-10 on their campaign.
In a game that featured 11 ties, neither squad ever led by double digits, and the last lead change happened in the final minute when senior Madison Schrock hit a highly-contested layup with just six seconds left on the clock. Rochester got one more shot off, but the close-range jumper was off the mark.
Bethel's biggest lead of the night came early in the ballgame when Kaitlin Elsasser and Schrock combined for four straight points, building a 13-6 cushion. Trading buckets, BC held onto the seven-point lead and closed the first stanza with a six-point advantage.
The Warriors climbed back into the game and tied the contest at 23-23, which led to a back-and-forth affair that featured five ties in six minutes of action heading into intermission. In the first half, BC was paced by Schrock who poured in 18 of her game-high 29 points in the first 20 minutes.
Rochester's biggest lead of the night came in the early portion of the second half when Devan Valko went on a mini 5-0 run to break a 39-39 tie and put her team on top 44-39. Schrock's fifth triple of the night put an end to the Warriors' streak, and after a bucket by Macie Hinen, BC had put the game into its 10th tie at 44-44. BC grabbed a one-point lead in the waning moments of the third quarter, and with 10 minutes remaining, Bethel would need to come from behind to clinch a victory.
The final 10 minutes kept the fans inside of Gates Gymnasium on the edge of their seats until the final horn. BC, forced to play catch up, failed to get over the hump until back-to-back free throws from Schrock gave the Lady Pilots a one-point lead, their first lead in over 10 minutes, with just 49 seconds on the clock. In keeping with the back-and-forth battle, Rochester responded quickly scoring on their next possession, leaving the Lady Pilots 35 seconds to answer. After a timeout, Bethel looked to Schrock to make one more play, and the senior delivered by attacking off the dribble and connecting on a contested, in-traffic layup. With just seconds to go, Rochester took their final shot, but the short jumper was off the mark and freshman Lauren Grewe corralled the final loose ball to secure the victory.
Schrock's 29 points tie a career high, which was set a season ago at Aquinas. Elsasser also showed up big for the Lady Pilots both offensively and in the rebounding department, landing her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Pilots will return to action after the holiday weekend when they make a trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to take part in the Davenport Classic. Bethel will face seventh-ranked Davenport on Thursday the 29th and Cornerstone the following night.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook (Facebook.com/BethelPilots), Twitter (Twitter.com/Bethel_Sports & @Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).
|Rochester (Mich.) 6-10||10||25||12||12||59|
|Bethel College 2-12||16||19||11||14||60|
|Dec. 20, 2016|
|Rochester (Mich.)||Indv. Leaders||Bethel College|
|#12 Devan Valko - 15||Points||#22 Madison Schrock - 29|
|#4 Bethany McCord - 6||Rebounds||#44 Kaitlin Elsasser - 11|
|#0 Robyn Pruitt - 6||Assists||2 Players (#11,#32) - 3|
|Rochester (Mich.)||Team Statistics||Bethel College|
|41.7% (25 - 60)||Field Goals %||40.7% (22 - 54)|
|31.8% (7 - 22)||3 Point Field Goals %||33.3% (5 - 15)|
|66.7% (2 - 3)||Free Throws||73.3% (11 - 15)|
|4||2nd Chance Pts||1|