The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College, 69-61, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 5) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. Junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) scored a season-high 20 points and dished out a career-best 10 assists despite the loss. [Game Box]
With the loss, the Terriers dropped their seventh straight game and are now 3-15 overall and 1-9 in the NCAC. The Gators improve to 7-12 overall and 4-6 NCAC.
Hiram jumped out to an early 3-2 lead at the 17:17 minute mark, but an ensuing 10-0 scoring run by Allegheny gave the Gators a seven-point lead, 12-5, with 14:14 to play in the half. The Terriers found themselves trailing by as many as 11 points on several occassions including a 29-18 deficit with 5:42 to go before the break. Hiram then went on a 10-2 run capped by a three-pointer by Zunic to cut the lead to three points, 31-28, at the 4:04 minute mark. The Gators answered with an 8-0 run of their own to extend their lead back to 11 points, 39-28, and took a 39-31 margin at the intermission.
In the second half, Allegheny recorded its largest lead of the game, 47-33, early in the period with 18:30 to go. But Hiram would not go away quietly, getting to within six points on numerous occasions with the last one being a 65-59 deficit thanks to a another bucket by Zunic with 2:14 remaining in the game. The Gators capitalized on four free-throws down the stretch which secured the 69-61 victory.
Allegheny had three players score in double figures led by Stephanie Wolf with a game-high 25 points. Brittany Bell was second with 14 points followed by Emilie Simone with 10 points. Simone also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Hiram was led by Zunic’s 20 points on eight-of-17 shooting (47.1 percent). In addition to her 10 assists, she also pulled down four rebounds. Sophomore forward Ashley Drum (Parma/Valley Forge) was the only other Terrier in double digits with 14 points. She also tallied seven boards.
Hiram will look to end its current losing streak on Friday, Feb. 8 when it hosts Earlham (Ind.) College in a NCAC-matchup at Price Gymnasium at 6 p.m.