Hiram College

The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell short of Allegheny (Pa.) College, 51-46, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 25) in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 5-12 overall and 2-7 in the NCAC.  The Gators improves to 13-5 overall and 8-1 NCAC.

In the first half, Allegheny scored the game’s first points, but Hiram then went on a 10-0 scoring run to take a 10-2 lead with a layup by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) at the 15:11 mark.  The Gators eventually regained the lead a few minutes later as part of a 9-0 run making the score 13-12 with 7:21 left to play in the period.  Both teams traded leads late in the half, but a mini 6-0 run by Allegheny in the final 4:04 gave the Gators a 26-20 advantage at the intermission.

Allegheny never trailed in the second half and looked to be headed to victory leading by as many as nine points, 45-36, late in the period with 4:03 left to play.  Hiram then outscored Allegheny, 10-2, to get to within a point, 47-46, on a three-pointer by Kovach with 1:17 to go.  The Gators sealed the win with a basket and two free-throws as a pair of costly turnovers by the Terriers in the final seconds gave Allegheny the 51-46 victory.

Allegheny shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field and went 0-for-12 from behind the three-point line.  The Gators had one player score in double-figures in Daryl Ford with a game-high 18 points on seven-of-eight shooting (87.5 percent) and grabbed a game-tying high 10 rebounds.  Teammate Heidi Goeller tied Ford in rebounds with 10.

Hiram shot just 26.7 percent (16-of-60) from the field and 34.8 percent (eight-of-23) from behind the arc.  Kovach led the Terriers with 15 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent) and a team-tying high nine rebounds.  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) added 10 points and nine boards.

Hiram will host Denison University in a NCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Price Gymnasium.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will take on the Big Red at 1 p.m., followed by the men against No. 19 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster at 3 p.m.