HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Westminster (Pa.) College, 36-25, in the second half to capture a 65-55 victory against the Titans today (Saturday, Nov. 26) in a non-conference game and home opener at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
The Terriers improve to 2-2 overall for the season and the Titans fall to 0-4 overall.
Both teams started off slow to begin the game, but Hiram would build a 10-4 advantage at the 13:02 minute mark thanks to a jumper by junior forward Amanda Petrusky (Parma/Valley Forge). Westminster battled back and the two teams would go back-and-fourth the remainder of the period as the half featured six ties and four lead changes. Trailing by six points following the Petrusky bucket, the Titans responded with an 11-1 scoring run to grab a four-point lead, 15-11, with 9:48 left before halftime. Neither team trailed by more than four points in the final minutes and it was Westminster who would take a slim 30-29 margin into the locker rooms.
In the second half, Westminster looked to take control outscoring Hiram, 13-7, to begin the period and record its largest lead of the game of seven points, 43-36, with 16:00 left. Hiram pulled to within a point on an ensuing 6-0 run that ended in a basket by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) making the score 43-42 with 12:59 left to play. The Titans quickly went up by six-points, but the Terriers rallied again as momentum shifted thanks to a 21-5 run in the final 11:16 that included a game-high 11-point lead, 64-55, with a pair of free-throws by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 24 seconds to go. Following a bucket by the Titans on their ensuing possession, Hiram tallied the final points of the contest en route to the 65-55 final.
Westminster had two players score in double-figures led by Emily Dolsak’s 12 points on four-of-seven shooting (57.1 percent). Gabby Holko was second in scoring with 10 points. In addition, Andi Ridge recorded a game-high 13 rebounds.
Hiram was led by Shields with a game-high 15 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent), with 12 of her points coming in the first half. She also posted seven rebounds. Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was the only other Terrier in double-digits with 12 points to go along with six rebounds and a game-high eight assists.
Hiram will look to keep momentum going when it hosts Thiel (Pa.) College tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 27) in a non-conference matchup at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.