HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team dropped its third straight decision with a 78-64 loss against Allegheny (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 12) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Gators improve to 8-6 overall and 2-2 NCAC.
Momentum between the two teams went back-and-forth throughout the majority of the first half with both teams exchanging leads multiple times. Hiram led by as many as three points on several occassions with its last lead coming at the 10:27 mark thanks to a jumper by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) making the score 17-14. The Gators then went on an ensuing 9-0 scoring run to take the lead for good and never trailed again. The Terriers made it a one possession game, 25-23, with 7:24 to play in the half, but Allegheny ended the period with a 16-2 run to blow the game open and take a commanding 41-25 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Allegheny maintained a double-digit margin and led by as many as 21 points, 58-37, with 11:52 left to play. Hiram made things interesting down the stretch with one final rally outscoring the Gators 25-14 during the next 10:42 to narrow the gap to 10 points, 72-62, on a jumper by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) with 1:10 to play. But the Gators capitalized on six straight free-throws in the final minute as the Terrier shooting went cold and fell to Allegheny by the final score of 78-64.
Allegheny shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field and held Hiram to 32.9 percent (24-of-73) shooting for the game.
The Gators had five players score in double-figures and were led by the duo of Ann Ryan and Daryl Ford who both scored a game-high 16 points. Ford also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and Ryan scored 10 of her points from the free-throw line (10-of-12). Laura Magnelli was next with 14 points and Saddie Gravatt and Jill Gregory rounded out the high scorers with 10 points each.
Hiram was led by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 15 points on five-of-18 shooting (27.8 percent). She was also amongst the team leaders in rebounding with six boards. Fellow junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was second in scoring with 11 points in addition to tallying a game-best six assists. Cowan rounded out the high scorers with 10 points in addition to grabbing a team-high seven rebounds.
Hiram will host Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Jan. 15 in a NCAC game at Price Gym. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will tip-off against the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.