Three players scored in double figures led by freshman guard Kayla Yost(Sandusky/Perkins) who had a game-high 16 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to The College of Wooster, 57-53, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Yost scored 12 of her 16 points in the first half as the two teams played a heavily contested opening 20 minutes with four ties and two lead changes. Hiram (5-18, 1-13 NCAC) got some breathing room thanks to a 5-0 mini scoring run just past the midway point of the period with all five points coming from senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) on a three-point play and a jumper, giving the Terriers a six-point margin, 19-13, at the 7:01 minute mark. The Terriers would later look to pull away leading by as many as eight points on multiple occasions with the last one coming with 17 seconds to go on a pair of free-throws by Yost. The two free-throws were the final points of the half as Hiram led, 33-25, at the break.
In the second half, Wooster (7-14, 2-11 NCAC) would make it a one-possession game, 35-33, at the 17:32 mark and took the lead shortly after with a 10-0 scoring run to lead by six points, 43-37, with 10:18 to play in the game. The Fighting Scots later extend their lead to nine points thanks to a 6-0 run to put themselves in the driver’s seat with the score of 55-46 and only 2:16 remaining. Hiram found itself down by only four points, 55-51, with just over a minute go following a basket by Yost, but that would be as close as the Terriers would get as Wooster sealed the victory with a pair of free-throws in the final seconds to go on to claim the 57-53 final.
Wooster shot 34.0 percent (18-of-53) from the field and was led in scoring by the duo of Lauren Hancher and Rachel Collins with 10 points each. In addition, Maura Hall grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
Hiram shot 30.9 percent (17-of-55) as a team and was led by Yost’s 16 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent). She also grabbed a team-tying high eight rebounds. Junior guardKelsey Koskinen (Madison) was second with 13 points and Day rounded out the double-figure scorers with 11 points to go along with eight boards.
Hiram will host Oberlin College in a NCAC game and home finale on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Price Gym. It will also be senior day with tip-off slated for 1 p.m.