The Hiram College women’s basketball team suffered its ninth straight loss, 86-63, at the hands of Wittenberg University today (Saturday, Feb. 9) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. Despite the loss, freshman guard Ally Cook (Ravenna/Crestwood) scored a team and season-high 17 points. [Game Box]
The Terriers drop to 3-17 overall and 1-11 in the NCAC following today’s loss. The Tigers improved to 11-9 overall and 10-3 NCAC.
Wittenberg led by as many as 17 points on several occassions in the first half with the last one being, 41-24, with 1:40 remaining before halftime. Junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) connected on a three-pointer on the ensuing Hiram possession that sparked a 9-2 scoring run by the Terriers to end the period and cut the deficit to 43-33 at the intermission.
In the second half, Hiram got to within six points, 47-71, at the 16:33 minute mark thanks to a pair of free-throws by sophomore forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby/South). But an 8-0 run by the Tigers extended the Wittenberg lead back to double figures, 55-41, with 13:50 to go in the game. The Terriers narrowed the gap to single digits again before the mid-way point of the final period on one of two free-throws by junior forward Sarah Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights/Gilmour) making the score, 56-47, with 12:14 to go. But that would be as close as Hiram would get as Wittenberg outscored the Terriers, 30-16, during the remainder of the game and reached its largest margin of 26 points with 1:54 to play en route to the 86-63 final.
Wittenberg was led in scoring by Stephanie Boardman with a game-high 23 points. Carrie Dyer was second with 18 points. Both Boardman and Dyer grabbed a team and game-high eight rebounds. Rounding out the Tiger double figure scorers were Katie Gregorevich and Ellie Stonecash with 10 points each.
Hiram was led by Cook’s 17 points on five-of-seven shooting (71.4 percent) including connecting on four-of-six (66.7 percent) from behind the arc. Zunic was the only other Hiram player in double figures with 14 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists.
Hiram returns to action on Wednesday, Feb. 13 when it travels to Wooster for a NCAC-matchup against The College of Wooster Fighting Scots. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.