Freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton/Ponitz Career Technology Center) scored 11 points, but the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell in its NCAC opener 74-45 to Allegheny (Pa.) on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers drop to 2-4 on the season and 0-1 in NCAC play, while the Gators improve to 6-2, 1-0.
Jones finished the game 5-of-8 from the field and also pulled down four rebounds.
The Gators featured a balanced attack with four players finishing in double figuring scoring, led by Jessica Mrdjenovich, who had a game-high 14 points.
Allegheny scored the first 18 points of the contest to build an early lead.
Hiram responded with an 8-2 run, capped off by a jumper by Jones, to cut the deficit to 20-8.
But the Gators would take back control and build a 41-21 advantage at halftime.
A layup by senior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) put the Terriers on the board first in the second half. But Allegheny scored nine straight points to expand its lead and put the game away.
Hiram finished 16-of-56 (28.6 percent) from the field, while Allegheny finished 31-of-69 (44.9 percent) in shooting.
The Gators also won the rebounding battle 57-34.
Hiram will return to action on Saturday, when it continues NCAC play with a home game against Kenyon. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.