Junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) tallied her second straight 20-plus point game with a new season-high 21 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to Earlham (Ind.) College, 73-64, on a Quaker second half comeback in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram. [Game Box]
With the loss, the Terrier’s current losing streak grows to eight games and are now 3-16 overall and 1-10 in the NCAC. The Quakers ended a 13-game losing streak to improve to 3-18 overall and 2-10 NCAC.
Hiram trailed only once in the first half following an opening bucket by Earlham and then went on a 15-6 scoring run that ended with a pair of free-throws by junior forward Sarah Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights/Gilmour) giving the Terriers a seven point lead, 15-8, at the 13:41 minute mark. The Quakers responded with a 7-0 run to tie the game at 15-15 with 12:31 remaining in the first stanza. Hiram broke the game open later in the half with an 11-0 run that spanned 3:40 and ended with a three-pointer by Zunic with 5:03 to play in the period making the score, 36-23, in favor of the Terriers. Hiram maintained a double-digit lead at halftime leading by the score of 40-28.
The second half would be all Earlham as the Quakers outscored Hiram, 45-24 in the final 20 minutes of play. After connecting on another three-pointer by Zunic to reach Hiram’s largest lead of the game of 15 points, 43-28, Earlham slowly began to chip away at the Terrier lead. The Quakers cut the lead to a single basket at the 14:39 minute mark and took the lead for the first time since its opening bucket of the game with 9:24 to play making the score 50-49. Following a quick basket by Hiram to regain the lead, Earlham outscored the Terriers, 18-6, to reach its largest margin of the game, 68-57, with a minute left in regulation. Solid free-throw shooting by the Quakers in the final 60 seconds, secured a 73-64 victory.
Earlham had four players score in double figures led by Samantha Lurie with 18 points. Jayana Sims was second with 15 points and Whitney McBurrows and Tasha Merrill each added 14 points. McBurrows and Tracy Hill also grabbed a game-tying high 10 rebounds.
Hiram was led in scoring by Zunic’s game-high 21 points on eight-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent) including three triples (three-of-seven overall). Freshman guard Ally Cook (Ravenna/Crestwood) was the only other Terrier in double digits with 12 points. In addition, sophomore forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby/South) pulled down a game-tying high 10 boards.
The Terriers will look to get back on a winning track tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 9) when they host Wittenberg University in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium beginning at 2 p.m.