The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by No. 9 nationally-ranked Hope (Mich.) College, 84-57, as part of the Paul F. Knueppel Classic hosted by Wisconsin-Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Hope (4-0) opened the game with five straight points, but Hiram (1-3) rallied with a 5-0 scoring run of its own to even the score at 5-5 on a jumper by sophomore guard Preshus Hawthorne (Lorain) at the 17:06 minute mark. The Flying Dutchmen then went on a 30-8 run that included a stretch of 11 straight points to take control of the game with a score of 35-13 with 7:22 left in the half. Hope went on to lead by as many as 24 points, 38-14, in the period en route to a 41-23 halftime advantage.
Hope maintained its sizeable lead throughout the second half and recorded its largest lead of the game of 28 points, 75-47, with 6:00 left in the game. Hiram outscored Hope, 10-9 to end the game, but the Dutchmen would cruise to the 84-57 final.
Hope shot 44.8 percent (30-of-67) for the game and had three players score in double figures led by Maura McAfee with a game-high 21 points. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds to complete the double-double. Amanda Traversa was second in scoring with 11 points and Angelique Gaddy added 10 points.
Hiram shot 34.0 percent (18-of-53) from the field and was led by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen(Madison) with 15 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent). Senior Danielle Day (Newbury) was the only other Terrier in double figures with 11 to go along with a team-high nine rebounds.
Hiram will return to action tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 23) with it final game of the Paul F. Knueppel Classic against Washington (Mo.) University. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.