Hiram College

DELAWARE, OHIO  —  Ice-cold shooting in the first half resulted in a loss for the Hiram College women’s basketball team, 78-52, against Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Feb. 5) in Delaware.  Despite the loss, junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) tallied five assists setting a Hiram single-season record.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 12-9 overall and 4-6 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 10-11 overall and 6-4 NCAC.

Hiram shot just 10.3 percent (three-of-29) in the first half as OWU began the game with a 13-2 scoring run.  The Terriers then scored seven straight points that ended in a three-pointer by sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) to cut the deficit to four points, 13-9, with 11:44 remaining in the half.  But a scoring drought that lasted 4:47 allowed the Bishops to pull away with a 13-0 run and increase the margin to 26-9 at the 6:57 mark.  OWU went on to lead by as many as 22 points with a halftime score of 39-17.

The Hiram offense picked up in the second half, but would not be able to overcome the earlier deficit.  The Terriers got to within 14 points, 55-41, on a layup by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 10:28 left to go.  But it was all OWU the rest of the way as the Bishops posted their largest lead of the game of 30 points with 52 seconds left, en route to the 78-52 final.

OWU had three players score in double-figures, led by Tyler Cordell with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-13 shooting (69.2 percent).  Pam Quigney was second with 19 points and Kayla Gordon added 12 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Hiram had two players in double-digits with Shields leading the way with 13 points on six-of-10 shooting (60.0 percent).  Senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) was second with 10 points.  Durichko’s five assists today brings her season total to 117 surpassing the previous Hiram single-season mark of 115 which was set by Julie Paolano during the 1995-96 season.

Hiram will conclude its mini two-game road trip on Wednesday, Feb. 9 when the Terriers travel to Meadville, Pa. for a conference game against Allegheny College.  The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoect by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.