The Lady Pilots seem to have hit their stride. BC made the road trip to Goshen College on Wednesday night and earned their fifth win in their last six contests to bring their overall record to 8-17 while their Crossroads League record improves to 5-8. The 65-52 victory over the Maple Leafs of Goshen also marks their largest margin of victory this season. Goshen falls to 13-12 on their campaign and slides to fourth in the league standings with a record of 7-6.
The Lady Pilots never led in the opening period and trailed by as many as five just minutes into the game. BC's first lead of the night came in the second period on a field goal from Macie Hinen at the 8:21 mark. That lead quickly ballooned to nine with BC going on a 10-0 run to start the second frame. The Lady Pilots kept their foot on the pedal and grew their advantage to 12 when Tahya Bruce connected from long range. BC remained in control 28-19 at the half.
In the half, BC was led by senior Madison Schrock who contributed eight points by hitting two triples and a pair of free throws. The free throws, which have become automatic for the 5'8" shooting guard who knocks down freebies at a 93.5 percent rate, carried a little more weight than normal. Having already canned a set of triples, the first free throw notched the sharpshooter's 1,000th career point, and the second put her one point over the milestone marker. Schrock goes down in the record book as the 22nd member of the Lady Pilots' 1,000-point club. With 1,001 career points after Wednesday's game, she sits in 21st position on the all-time list.
In the second half, BC never cracked. For every push Goshen tried to make, the Lady Pilots found the answer in Savannah Bley. After scoring seven in the first half, Bley poured in 19 more after the break, tying her career-high performance of 26 points in a game. Bley finished the night hitting 11-of-12 from the floor, flirting with perfection and also ripping down 11 rebounds and snaring four steals. Through the final 20 minutes, the Lady Pilots never allowed GC to get any closer than eight and pushed their lead to as many as 15 on multiple occasions before settling for the 13-point victory.
The Lady Pilots look to continue to replicate their recent success this Saturday when they host Grace College at 1:00 p.m. in game one of the women's/men's doubleheader.
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).
|Bethel 8-17; 5-8||10||18||15||22||65|
|Goshen 13-12; 7-6||11||8||14||19||52|
|Feb. 1, 2017|
|#34 Savannah Bley - 26||Points||#34 Gabby Williams - 16|
|#34 Savannah Bley - 11||Rebounds||#34 Gabby Williams - 10|
|#32 Macie Hinen - 7||Assists||#23 Lynnia Noel - 4|
|47.9% (23 - 48)||Field Goals %||41.2% (21 - 51)|
|45.5% (5 - 11)||3 Point Field Goals %||7.1% (1 - 14)|
|73.7% (14 - 19)||Free Throws||64.3% (9 - 14)|
|10||2nd Chance Pts||8|