The Hiram College women’s basketball team lost an 87-52 decision against No. 1 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
DePauw (12-0, 3-0 NCAC) looked to take control early, jumping out to a 15-5 advantage in the first 3:59 of the first half. Hiram (4-9, 0-4 NCAC) pulled to within six points following baskets by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) and senior All-NCAC guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville) making the score, 15-9, at the 14:30 minute mark. But the Tigers responded with a 5-0 mini scoring run to extend the margin back to double figures, 20-9, with 13:47 left in the period. The lead hovered around the double digit mark for DePauw the rest of the half and led by as many as 13 points, including a 37-24 mark with under two minutes to go. Koskinen tallied the final points of the half with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 10 points with a halftime score, 37-27.
The two teams picked up right where they left off to begin the second half until a Hiram scoring drought that lasted 8:37 allowed DePauw to take command with a 24-0 run blowing the game open by the score of 65-33 with 9:27 to go in the game. DePauw recorded its largest lead of the game of 37 points on two occasions with the last one coming with 1:54 left as the Tigers cruised to the 87-52 final.
DePauw shot an impressive 52.1 percent (37-of-71) from the field, including an equally impressive 52.6 percent (10-of-19) from three-point range. The Tigers had four players score in double figures led by Lauren Abendroth with 18 points. Savannah Trees was second with 17 points and the duo of Alex Gasaway and Alison Stephens rounded out the high scorers with 13 points each.
Hiram shot 36.2 percent (17-of-47) overall and had one player score in double digits in Koskinen who had a game-high 22 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent), including shooting seven-of-nine (77.8 percent) at the charity stripe. Kemper and junior guard Taylor Ratliff (Berea/Columbia) were tied for second in scoring with nine points each. In addition, senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) grabbed a game-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will wrap-up its three-game homestand on Wednesday, Jan. 8 against Allegheny (Pa.) College in a NCAC matchup at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.