The Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to Denison University, 67-42, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Hiram (4-13, 0-8 NCAC) led 16-15 at the 13:40 minute mark of the first half, but Denison (13-4, 5-3 NCAC) went on a 17-0 scoring run to take the lead, 32-16, and never looked back. The Terriers ended the scoring drought on a three-pointer by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen(Madison) with 5:52 to go in the period, but the Big Red posted its largest lead of the half of 17 points with a halftime score of 39-22.
Denison maintained the impressive offensive performance in the second half and outscored Hiram, 21-6, in the first 12:19 to increase the deficit to 32 points, 60-28, with 7:41 left in the game. The Terriers scored the final four points of the contest on jumpers by sophomore forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) and sophomore guard Sarah Berger (Rittman), but the Big Red already had the game in hand and cruised to the 67-42 final.
Denison shot 49.1 percent (27-of-55) for the game and had three players score in double figures led by MaryMargaret Habel with a game-high 17 points. Candise Love was second with 15 points and Jordan Holmes added 14 points. Holmes also grabbed a game-high 18 rebounds to complete the double-double.
Hiram shot 30.4 percent (17-of-56) overall, including just 23.5 percent (four-of-17) from three-point range. The Terriers had one player score in double digits in senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) with 13 points on five-of-11 shooting (45.5 percent). She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Hiram will look to end its seven-game losing streak when it hosts Kenyon College on Saturday, Jan. 25 in a NCAC game at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.