The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College, 65-56, in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener in Meadville, Pa.
Sophomore forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) scored 10 of Hiram’s (1-5, 0-1 NCAC) first 15 points of the game, but the Terriers trailed Allegheny (6-2, 1-0 NCAC), 17-15, at the 9:35 minute mark of the first half. Hiram evened the score at 17-17 on a basket by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich(Chesterland/West Geauga) as part of a 9-3 scoring run that put the Terriers up by the score of 24-20 with 6:36 left in the period. The Terriers led the rest of the half and recorded their largest lead of seven points, 30-23, at the 3:02 mark following a layup by sophomore guard Preshus Hawthorne(Lorain). The Gators rallied in the final minutes, but Hiram still maintained a 31-28 advantage at the intermission.
In the second half, Hiram led in the early minutes and posted its largest margin of the game of eight points, 42-34, with 14:00 left in the contest thanks to a three-point play by Goodrich. Allegheny then outscored Hiram, 15-4, to regain the lead, 49-46, with 6:40 to go. The Gators never trailed in the game again despite Hiram getting to within a point, 54-53, at the 3:16 mark. Allegheny went on to lead by as many as nine points with the final score of 65-56.
Allegheny shot 28.8 percent (21-of-73) from the floor and was led in scoring by the duo of Emma Pellicano and Jessica Mrdjenovich who both scored 18 points. Pellicano also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds to record the double-double. Marina Scarantino was the other Gator to score in double-figures with 13 points.
Hiram finished the game shooting 38.6 percent (20-of-52) for the game and was led in scoring by Griffin with 18 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent). Goodrich and junior guard Kelsey Koskinen(Madison) rounded out the high scorers for the Terriers with 11 points each. In addition, senior guardDanielle Day (Newbury) grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds.
Hiram will remain on the road and will travel to Gambier for a NCAC game against Kenyon College on Saturday, Dec. 7. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.