The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Marietta College, 74-45, in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Marietta (6-6 overall) quickly jumped out ahead beginning the game with a 12-4 scoring run in the first 3:09 of the opening half. The Hiram (5-6 overall) offense then found a spark with an ensuing 12-2 run of its own that ended in a jumper by senior guard Chelsea Kovach(Lakewood) giving the Terriers a 16-14 lead with a 10:05 left in the period. Hiram maintained a slim 19-18 edge at the 8:08 mark, but the Pioneers ended the half outscoring the Terriers, 17-6, to take a comfortable 10-point margin, 35-25, at the break.
The second half saw Hiram shoot just 24.0 percent (six-of-25) from the field which allowed Marietta to quickly build its lead. The Pioneers outscored the Terriers, 17-7, in the first 3:54 to go up by 20 points, 52-32, with 16:06 left to play. Hiram never threatened to take the lead the remainder of the half as Marietta went on to record its largest lead of the game of 29 points with the final score of 74-45.
Marietta shot 50.0 percent (27-of-54) from the field and had two players score in double-figures led by Candice Alexander with a game-high 21 points on eight-of-11 shooting (72.7 percent). Tori Dixon was the other Pioneer in double-digits with 15 points, with all of her points coming from behind the three-point line shooting five-of-eight.
Hiram finished the game shooting 27.3 percent (15-of-55) from the field and was led in scoring by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) with eight points on three-of-six shooting (50.0 percent). In addition, junior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will return to action tomorrow (Sunday, Dec. 30) when the Terriers host Penn State-Behrend in a non-conference matchup at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.