The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Denison University, 66-44, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville.
Denison (11-8, 6-4 NCAC) started the game on a 7-0 scoring run and quickly increased its lead to double-digits, 16-6, at the 11:36 minute mark of the first half. Hiram (6-13, 1-9 NCAC) trailed the Big Red by double-figures the rest of the way trailing by as many as 17 points with a halftime score of 32-15.
In the second half, Denison continued to pull away and recorded its largest lead of the game of 29 points, 58-29, with 7:43 left to play. Hiram scored the final four points of the game, but the Big Red already had the game well in hand and cruised to a 66-44 final.
Denison shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from the field and was led in scoring by Serafina Nuzzo with a game-high 23 points on nine-of-14 shooting (64.3 percent). Kyli Parker rounded out the high scorers for the Big Red with 10 points.
Hiram shot 41.9 percent (18-of-43) for the game and had two players score in double-figures. Senior guardCalysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) led the way with 11 points while shooting five-of-six (83.3 percent) from the floor. Freshman forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) was the other Terrier in double-digits with 10 points.
Hiram will look to end its four-game losing skid when it travels to Oberlin for a NCAC matchup against Oberlin College on Tuesday, Jan. 29. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.