Sophomore forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby/South) scored a career-high 22 points, including 14 points in the second half, as the Hiram College women’s basketball team ended a nine-game losing streak with a 69-62 victory against The College of Wooster tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 13) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Timken Gymnasium in Wooster. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 4-17 overall and 2-11 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots drop to 6-16 overall and 3-10 NCAC.
Wooster began the game with a 9-2 scoring run to take an early lead. Hiram answered by scoring seven unanswered points to tie the game at 9-9 at the 13:59 minute mark on a jumper by senior forward Katie Grendel (Independence). The Terriers found themselves down by four, 19-15, with 8:49 to play in the period when sophomore forward Ashley Drum (Parma/Valley Forge) scored a layup that sparked a 7-0 run to give Hiram a 22-19 advantage. Both teams would be deadlocked at 24-24 with 3:28 left before halftime, but Hiram outscored Wooster, 5-2, in the final minutes to take a 29-26 lead heading into the locker rooms.
Hiram began the second half with another 7-0 run to extend the lead to double figures for the first time in the game, 36-26, on a bucket by Dellas with 17:10 to go. The Terriers led by as many as 13 points on several occassions with the last one being, 51-38, thanks to a layup by junior forward Sarah Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights/Gilmour) with 10:03 left to play. Wooster then outscored Hiram, 21-6, to take a slim 59-57 lead with just over three minutes left in the game. The Terriers responed with an 8-0 run and solid free-throw shooting in the final minute secured a 69-62 victory.
Wooster was led in scoring by Kaitlin Krister with a game-tying high 22 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Meredith Wilson was the only only player in double figures with 17 points.
Hiram was led by Dellas’ 22 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent). She also grabbed eight rebounds. Joining Dellas in double figures were Drum and junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) with 14 points each. In addition, sophomore guard Karris Kandel (Louisville/East Canton) grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and Drum added seven boards.
Hiram will look to continue its winning ways on Saturday (Feb. 16) when it hosts Oberlin College in the regular-season home finale at Price Gymnasium at 1 p.m. on Senior Day.