NEW WILMINGTON, PA. — Senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) scored a game and career-high 25 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Westminster (Pa.) College, 67-64, in overtime in the season opener in New Wilmington, Pa. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers begin the season with a 1-0 overall record and the Titans fall to 2-3 overall.
Hiram never trailed in the first half and led by eight points, 11-3, at the 14:38 minute mark thanks to one-of-two free-throws by junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick). Westminster answered with a 10-2 scoring run to tie the game at 13-13, with 11:32 left to play in the period. The Terriers responded with a 13-4 scoring run of their own that ended in a three-point play by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) giving Hiram its largest lead of the half of nine points, 26-17, at the 3:21 mark. But the Titans scored the final five points of the half to trail 26-22 at halftime.
In the second half, Hiram looked to pull away early building its lead to its largest of the game of 14 points, 37-23, thanks to one-of-two free-throws by sophomore forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) with 16:28 to go. But Westminster outscored Hiram, 30-16, during the remainder of the half to tie the game at 53-53 on a layup with just five seconds left in the game. The final attempt by Hiram to win the game missed its mark, sending the game into overtime.
Hiram fell behind for the first time in the game as Westminster scored the first points of the overtime period to take a 55-53 lead. The Terriers then tallied four straight points to regain the lead as both teams went back-and-fourth the rest of the way. Hiram trailed by a single point, 64-63, with 38 seconds left. Cowan secured the victory for Hiram as she scored the final four points of the game to give the Terriers a 67-64 victory.
Westminster was led in scoring by Hannah Shaffer with 15 points on six-of-20 shooting (30.0 percent). Andi Ridge was the only other Titan in double-figures with 13 points to go along with a game-high 16 rebounds. In addition, Katie Hughes added 14 boards.
Hiram was led by Cowan’s 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent), including going an impressive seven-of-10 (70.0 percent) at the free-throw line. She was also one of three Terriers to record nine rebounds. Shields rounded out the high scorers with 15 points. Durickho and Geisman were the other two players to grab nine rebounds.
Hiram will host non-conference opponent Penn State-Behrend tomorrow (Sunday, Nov. 28) in the home opener at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
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