The Lady Pilots showed a lot of grit on Wednesday night, erasing a 14-point deficit in the final eleven and a half minutes of action to earn their second consecutive league win. BC's late-game heroics lifted them to a narrow 61-60 victory over Taylor University, avenging a nine-point loss they suffered at the hands of the Trojans earlier in the campaign. The win moves Bethel's overall record to 5-16 with a 2-7 mark in league play. Taylor falls to 9-12 on their season and 4-5 in Crossroads League action.
Despite leading for the vast majority of the first half, the Lady Pilots struggled to keep tabs on TU's Kendall Bradbury who lit up the Wiekamp scoreboard with 21 first-half points on eight-of-nine from the floor. The most resounding bucket from the sophomore was her third made three pointer that landed in the bottom of the net as time expired to end the second period. That field goal gave Taylor a four-point cushion after 20 minutes.
Bethel clamped down on Bradbury in the second. However, that opened up the floor for the rest of the Trojans to work. Taylor used a 15-7 run through the heart of the third quarter to balloon their lead to 14 with just under two minutes left in the stanza. A two-point bucket from Tahya Bruce put the Lady Pilots back on track, but BC still trailed by 12 with one period remaining.
Out of the break, Bruce caught fire knocking in back-to-back triples, cutting TU's lead down to six. The Lady Pilots scrambled to retake the lead by picking up a pair of buckets from Savannah Bley along with an old-fashioned, three-point play and a pair of freebies from Madison Schrock. Still trailing by four with 90 seconds remaining, BC went back to Bruce. The freshman's hand had not cooled down, and she netted her third and fourth triples of the period on back-to-back possessions, which ultimately knotted the game at 59-59. With under 30 seconds on the game clock, Taylor could hold for the final shot. With 4.4 seconds to play, a defensive foul sent TU to the line where Monica Compton went one-of-two, giving Taylor back a one-point lead. Bruce collected the defensive rebound on the miss, and Coach Eric Gingerich quickly called to use his final timeout. Out of the timeout, BC put the ball in Kamala Glenn's hand, and the sophomore made her way into the lane and delivered the ball to Bley on the block. And just before time expired, Bley connected on a game-winning layup.
Bruce finished with a team-high and career-high 16 points, hitting four-of-seven from deep. Also finishing in double figures for the Lady Pilots was the tandem of Schrock and Bley who netted 15 and 12, respectively.
Bethel will be back at home this weekend playing in game one of a women's/men's doubleheader against the University of Saint Francis. The ladies will tip off at 1:00 p.m. and will be followed by the men's contest, which is slated to start at approximately 3:00 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, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).
|Taylor (Ind.) (5-16)||12||17||18||13||60|
|Bethel College (9-12)||14||11||10||26||61|
|Jan. 18, 2017|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Indv. Leaders||Bethel College|
|#32 Kendall Bradbury - 25||Points||#3 Tahya Bruce - 16|
|#32 Kendall Bradbury - 11||Rebounds||#34 Savannah Bley - 9|
|#22 Lacey Garrett - 4||Assists||#12 Kamala Glenn - 4|
|Taylor (Ind.)||Team Statistics||Bethel College|
|56.4% (22 - 39)||Field Goals %||42.9% (24 - 56)|
|60% (6 - 10)||3 Point Field Goals %||31.6% (6 - 19)|
|66.7% (10 - 15)||Free Throws||53.8% (7 - 13)|
|9||2nd Chance Pts||13|