A strong second half and well-executed overtime period lifted the Lady Pilots to a 66-59 win over the Golden Eagles of Cornerstone University on Friday evening. The win is the third for BC in their last four attempts and gives them an overall record in December of 3-3. Cornerstone falls to 8-8 on the season after the loss, and both teams will now turn their attention to league play the remainder of the season.
The game seemed to be trending strongly in favor of the Golden Eagles who outscored BC 15-8 in the first ten minutes. CU continued to pile on the points, and after six more minutes, the Lady Pilots found themselves on the wrong end of a 24-13 tally and in their first double-digit deficit of the night. Before the half, Bethel put together a mini 12-5 run behind five points and four rebounds from Savannah Bley in just under four minutes of action to inch within four points at the intermission.
Out of the break, the momentum shifted in BC's favor. The Lady Pilots nearly doubled CU on the scoreboard by pouring in 17 points while holding the Eagles to nine. Bethel's first lead of the game came less than two minutes into the third period on a jumper by Macie Hinen which was followed by a layup from Madison Schrock. The two teams continued to tango, but Bethel never surrendered the lead while Cornerstone never let BC get more distance that just a four-point cushion.
Schrock ballooned BC's lead to six on the first possession of the final stanza, but as soon as the lead grew, it was erased. CU rattled off seven straight and the possession-by-possession battle ensued. Down four with under four minutes to play, Bethel hunkered down defensively and held CU scoreless until the final horn. In the meanwhile, a layup from Kamala Glenn and two made free throws knotted the game at 51 at the final horn.
Cornerstone was the first to strike in overtime, and after a triple from Mya Udell at the 4:15 mark, the Golden Eagles had a two-point edge. A layup off the hand of Glenn erased BC's debt, and a triple from Lauren Grewe put BC on top, which was a lead BC never surrendered. Finishing down the stretch, Schrock calmly netted a 15 footer, Glenn netted her 15th and 16th point of the ball game on an acrobatic layup, and Schrock was a perfect four-of-four from the charity stripe. In the final four minutes, BC outscored CU 11-4 to secure their third win of the season.
Schrock led BC in the scoring column with 19 points in 41 minutes of play. Glenn recorded a career-high 16 points in the victory while Bley notched her sixth double-double of the season with 15 points and 14 boards.
The Lady Pilots have arguably one of their toughest weeks of the season waiting for them following the holiday weekend. BC opens 2017 with back-to-back Crossroads League contests against NAIA No. 5 Marian and NAIA No. 11 Indiana Wesleyan. The matchup against Marian is slated for Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. while Saturday's battle with the Wildcats from IWU will be game one of a women's/men's doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.
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).
|Bethel (IN) 3-13||8||17||17||9||15||66|
|Dec. 30, 2016|
|Grand Rapids, Mich. - DU Student Center|
|Bethel (IN)||Indv. Leaders||Cornerstone|
|#22 Madison Schrock - 19||Points||#23 Cass Vredevoogd - 20|
|#34 Savannah Bley - 14||Rebounds||#23 Cass Vredevoogd - 7|
|#32 Macie Hinen - 5||Assists||#21 Samantha Kolenda - 4|
|Bethel (IN)||Team Statistics||Cornerstone|
|44.4% (24 - 54)||Field Goals %||34.8% (23 - 66)|
|23.1% (3 - 13)||3 Point Field Goals %||10% (1 - 10)|
|78.9% (15 - 19)||Free Throws||80% (12 - 15)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||7|