Yoder ties school mark with six treys in 90-83 win over Jackets
January 19, 2011
By: Brandy Bidlack, sports information assistant
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's basketball team went off for 52 points
in the second half to defeat arch-rival Defiance College on Wednesday, January 19,
in Founders Hall. The Beavers improved to 7-9 this season with a 4-5 mark in the HCAC
following their third win in four games. The Yellow Jackets dipped to 6-10 overall
and 4-5 in the conference.
Less than two minutes into the game, the Yellow Jackets had dominated the scoreboard
with an 8-0 run against the home team. The Beavers finally added a point with a Kim Miller (Delphos/St. John's) freebie at the 15:53 mark. However, the visitors remained in
control for the next five minutes until junior Beth Yoder (Marshallville/Smithville) sank a triple which put the Beavers up 20-19.
With 3:41 remaining in the first half, Defiance regained control with a Tasha Stucke layin (34-33) and the Yellow Jackets kept their pressure up for the rest of the half.
The visitors went to the break with a 47-38 lead over Bluffton.
Freshman point guard Kim Meyer (Millbury/Lake) hit a triple to spark the Bluffton comeback just one minute into
period two. Sophomore Rachel LeFever (Orrville) put the Beavers on her back with seven points and an assist in less than
four minutes midway through the half.
Miller's drive and deuce cut the deficit to one (61-60) and a pair of Brittany Stegmaier (Garfield/Trinity) free throws gave Bluffton the edge. At the 4:20 mark, freshman
post Kylee Burkholder (West Unity/Hilltop) added two more points for the home team, giving Bluffton their
only double-digit lead, 81-71.
With 23 seconds left on the clock, a Kim Comden layup pulled Defiance within four, 86-82, but the Beaver free throw shooting finished
off the Yellow Jackets as Alicia Amis (Woodstock/Mechanicsburg) ended the game 4-for-4 at the charity stripe, giving Bluffton
a 90-83 conference win over Defiance College.
Beth Yoder led the Beavers with a career-high 23 points, including a career-best six
trifectas which equaled the school record. Miller continued to do it all for the Beavers
with 20 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, a career-high six rejections and three
steals. Her 20 markers came on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 6-for-8 at the
stripe. Stegmaier added 11 points and snatched seven off the glass. Junior Brittany Lewis (Springfield/Shawnee) established a new career-best with seven dimes in just 18 minutes
of action. Francena Tate (Fostoria St. Wendelin) came up big for the Beavers with solid defense and seven
points in 14 minutes off the bench.
Bluffton made 29-of-52 (55.8 percent) from the field while Defiance hit 30-of-80 (37.5
percent). The Beavers were a ridiculous 13-of-20 (65 percent) from distance, compared
to just 8-of-28 (28.6 percent) for the visitors. The home team hit 19-of-27 (70.4
percent) freebies while the Yellow Jackets made 15-of-21 (71.4 percent) from the charity
stripe. Defiance won the battle on the boards (41-38) and turnedit over eight fewer
times than the home team (24-16).
The Bluffton University women's basketball team opens round two on its conference
trek when the Beavers travel to Transylvania on Saturday, January 22. The matchup
between Bluffton and the Pioneers is slated for 2 p.m. in Lexington, Kentucky.