SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to Wittenberg University, 71-64, today (Saturday, Jan. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 8-5 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC. The Tigers improve to 7-6 overall and 2-1 NCAC.
Wittenberg never trailed in the game and led by as many as 11 points on two occassions in the first half with the last one being a 32-21 edge at the 4:25 minute mark. Hiram then went on a 6-0 scoring run that ended in a pair of free-throws by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) cutting the deficity to five points, 32-27, with 3:23 left in the half. But the Tigers managed to extend their lead and took a 38-31 advantage into the locker rooms at halftime.
In the second half, Wittenberg eventually regained a double-figure lead, including a 49-39 mark with 11:23 left to play. The Terriers again battled back and scored seven unanswerd points capped by a layup by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) making the score 49-46 at the 7:41 mark. Wittenberg mounted a rally of its own going on a 12-3 run to record its largest lead of the game of 12 points, 61-49, with 4:01 left. Hiram narrowed the gap to single-digits and got as close as six points on mulitple occassions in the file minutes, but the earlier deficit proved too much as the Tigers went to win by the final of 71-64.
Wittenberg had three players score in double-figures led by Katherine Hueter with a game-high 15 points on five-of-16 shooting (31.3 percent). She was also one of three players to record a game-tying high nine rebounds. Sarah Watson was second with 14 points in addition to grabbing nine boards. Kim Replogle added 13 points to go along with nine rebounds.
Hiram also had three players score in double-digits with the duo of senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) leading the way with 11 points each. Shields rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.
Hiram will host Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Jan. 12 in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women’s game is set to begin at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 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.