The Hiram College women’s basketball team stretched its current win streak to three games with a 71-58 win against Thiel (Pa.) College in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Thiel (2-6) scored the first points of the game, but that would be the only lead the Tomcats would have in the game as Hiram (4-6) went on a 10-0 scoring run that ended in a layup by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) giving the Terriers a 10-2 lead at the 16:14 minute mark. Thiel fought its way back into the game and got to within a point, 17-16, with 13:11 left before halftime. But another scoring run by Hiram, this time a 15-2 run, extended the margin to double digits, 32-18, following a jumper by Goodrich with 7:30 left in the period. Hiram went on to lead by as many as 18 points en route to having a 41-25 advantage heading into the locker rooms.
Hiram never looked back in the second half and recorded its largest lead of the game of 28 points with 11:42 remaining in the game on a three-point play by freshman forward Jaclyn Fortner (Norton). The large lead gave the Terriers an opportunity to rest their starters and Thiel would battle its way back to within 11 points just before the end of the half, but the earlier Hiram lead was enough as the Terriers went on to post the 71-58 win.
Thiel shot 33.9 percent from the field and was led in scoring by Bethany Hines who was the only Tomcat player in double figures with 15 points. Erin DiFalco was second with nine points.
Hiram shot 33.3 percent (24-of-72) overall for the game and was paced by sophomore forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) with 14 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent). The duo of Goodrich and senior All-NCAC guard Alexis Kemper (Centerville) rounded out the high scorers with 12 points each. Kemper also grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will be idle until Monday, Dec. 30 when the Terriers travel to Marietta for a non-conference matchup against Marietta College. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.