The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Ohio Wesleyan University, 94-48, today (Saturday, Feb. 23) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Branch Rickey Arena in Delaware. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers end regular-season play at 5-19 overall and 3-13 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops complete their regular season 17-7 overall and 12-4 NCAC.
Hiram tallied the first five points of the game to grab an early 5-0 lead capped by a three-pointer by freshman guard Ally Cook (Ravenna/Crestwood) at the 19:18 minute mark. Ohio Wesleyan then outscored Hiram, 24-9, in the span of 8:44 to take a 10-point advantage, 24-14, with 10:34 left before halftime. The Terriers cut the lead back to single figures on their very next possession on a jumper by sophomore guard Pamela Spencer (Massillon/Washington) making the score, 24-16, with 10:21 to play in the period. But that would be as close as Hiram would get the rest of the way as the Bishops extended their lead back to double digits and led by as many as 21 points in the half. OWU went on to take a commanding 49-30 lead at halftime.
In the second half, the Bishops picked up where they left off scoring 20 unanswered points to begin the period and increased their lead to 69-30 with 13:59 to go in the game. OWU did not let up, recording its largest lead of the game, 84-35, at the 8:03 minute mark and cruised to a 94-48 victory.
For the game, the Bishops shot an impressive 50.8 percent (33-of-65) from the floor and held the Terriers to 34.5 percent (20-of-58) shooting. Hiram also committed 28 turnovers in the game to OWU’s 12.
OWU was led in scoring by Kayla Gordon with a game-high 15 points. Pam Quigney and Tyler Cordell were second with 14 points each. Laurel Lawson scored 13 points and Steffi Graf and Chelsie Spiegel rounded out the Bishop high-scorers with 10 points each.
Hiram had one player score in double figures in junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) with 11 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent). She also grabbed four rebounds.
Despite today’s loss, Hiram will be the seventh seed in this year’s NCAC Tournament which begins on Tuesday (Feb. 26). The Terriers earned the No. 7 seed via tiebreaker with the College of Wooster and Earlham (Ind.) College. All three schools ended the regular-season with 3-13 records in conference play. Hiram will return to Delaware on Tuesday to face second-seeded Ohio Wesleyan at 8 p.m.