The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College, 57-29, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Both teams struggled offensively in the first half, but the score remained close with three lead changes and three ties. Neither team led by more than four points during the first 20 minutes with Hiram (6-12, 1-8 NCAC) recording its largest lead of two points early in the period and Allegheny (10-8, 5-4 NCAC) led by as many as four points on two occassions. The Gators led, 18-14, with two minutes to go in the half, but Hiram senior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) scored the final point of the period on a free-throw to cut the deficit to 18-15 at the intermission.
In the second half, Hiram continued to struggle offensively as Allegheny outscored the Terriers, 39-14. Hiram scored a three-pointer by junior guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville) at the 18:17 minute mark, but the Terriers would not record another basket until 8:45 left in the game. Meanwhile, the Gators took a commanding lead scoring 25 unanswered points during the cold spell to lead 47-18. Allegheny went on to lead by as many as 30 points en route to the 57-29 victory.
Allegheny shot 38.6 percent overall from the floor (22-of-57). The Gators had two players score in double-figures led by Daryl Ford’s game-high 15 points on five-of-seven shooting (71.4 percent). Rachel Vigliotti rounded out the high scorers with 12 points.
Hiram shot 30.2 percent (13-of-43) from the field and just 15.4 percent (two-of-13) from three point range. Host was the only Terrier to score in double-digits with 11 points on five-of-eight shooting (62.5 percent).
Hiram will travel to Granville for a NCAC game against Denison University on Saturday, Jan. 26. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.