The Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to Oberlin College, 59-48, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in the season opener.
Following an opening basket by Oberlin (5-4, 1-1 NCAC) to begin the game, Hiram (3-4, 0-2 NCAC) took the lead on its ensuing possession thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) to make the score 3-2. The Yeowomen then scored nine straight points to take an 11-3 advantage with 16:35 left in the first half and never trailed in the game again. The Terriers struggled from the field shooting just 17.5 percent (seven-of-40) while the Yeowomen shot an impressive 52.2 percent (12-of-23) overall in the first 20 minutes. The hot shooting allowed Oberlin to pull away throughout the half and led by as many as 15 points, 33-18, en route to a 33-20 advantage at the intermission.
Oberlin maintained its double-digit lead for the majority of the second half, but Hiram chipped away at the deficit and narrowed the margin to single figures, 50-44, on a triple by junior guard/forward Alexis Kemper(Centerville) as part of a 6-0 scoring run late in the period. Oberlin answered with five straight points of its own to extend the lead back to double figures, 55-44, with 4:02 to play. The Terriers pulled to within nine points, 55-46, at the 3:42 minute mark on a jumper by freshman forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal), but that would be as close as Hiram would get as Oberlin went on to claim a 59-48 victory.
The Yeowomen ended up shooting 46.0 percent (23-of-50) as a team and was led by the duo of Christina Marquette and Allison Gannon who both posted double-doubles. Marquette scored a game-high 18 points on six-of-15 shooting (40.0 percent) to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. Gannon scored 17 points and added 12 boards.
Hiram shot 27.1 percent (19-of-70) overall from the field and had two players score in double-figures. Sophomore forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) led the Terriers with 12 points on five-of-eight shooting (62.5 percent) and grabbed a team-tying high seven rebounds. Smyers was the only other Hiram player in double-digits with 10 points. In addition, junior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) matched Morford’s team-high seven rebounds.
Hiram will host Kenyon College on Saturday, Dec. 8 in a NCAC matchup at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.