Hiram College

The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Denison University, 77-53, this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Game Box]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 3-10 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC. The Big Red improved to 7-6 ovearall and 3-1 NCAC with the win.

Denison took control of the game in the early minutes of the first half with a series of small scoring runs and had a commanding 13-point lead, 22-9, with 9:18 left to play in the period. Hiram battled back to cut the deficit to single digits, 25-18, on a jumper by freshman forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) at the 3:59 minute mark. The Big Red answered with a 9-1 run to extend to their largest lead of the half of 15 points, 34-19, with 1:18 left before the intermission. The Terriers ended the half with a 5-0 run to narrow the gap to 34-24 at the break.

In the second half, Denison outscored Hiram, 22-7, in the first 7:47 that included a 3:13 scoring drought by the Terriers, to increase its lead to 25 points, 56-31, with 12:13 to go. The Big Red tallied their largest lead of the game of 26 points, 67-41, at the 5:40 minute mark and cruised to a 77-53 victory.

Denison had three players score in double figures led by Shana Kaiser with a game-high 14 points. Haley Dahlgard and Leslie Marshall were tied for second with 13 points and Sarah Perrine added 10 points.

Hiram had one player score in double figures in sophomore guard Pamela Spencer (Massillon/Washington) with 10 points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent).

Hiram will look to end its current three-game losing streak next Saturday, Jan. 19 when it hosts the College of Wooster in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.