Hiram College

The Hiram College women’s basketball team began the 2012 season with a 66-55 win against the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (Pa.) in its first game of the Bluffton University Tournament in Bluffton.

Hiram (1-0) began the game on a 20-3 scoring run that ended with a layup by sophomore forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) at the 10:40 minute mark of the opening half.  Pitt-Greensburg (0-1) answered with a mini run of its own on back-to-back layups to narrow the gap to 20-7 with 7:06 left in the period.  The Terriers never trailed the rest of the way, but the Bobcats would cut the lead to single figures, 29-20, just before the end of the half.  Hiram recorded the final points of the period on one-of-two free-throws by sophomore guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) to put the Terriers up, 30-20, at the intermission.

In the second half, Pitt-Greensburg began play with a pair of free-throws to make the score 30-28 with 19:41 to go.  Hiram then outscored the Bobcats, 17-10, in the next 12:01 to extend the lead back to double-digits and maintained the sizeable advantage the rest of the game.  The Terriers led by as many as 16 points down the stretch thanks to another layup by Morford at the 1:58 mark to make the score 63-47.  Hiram would go on to claim an 11-point victory with the final of 66-55.

Hiram shot 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the floor and held Pitt-Greensburg to just 26.0 percent (13-of-50) shooting).

The Bobcats were led in scoring by Emily Nelson with 13 points on two-of-seven shooting (28.6 percent).  Pitt-Greensburg had one other player score in double-figures in Chianti Sivek with 11 points.

The Terriers were led by Morford who scored a game-high 16 points while shooting eight-of-11 (72.7 percent) from the field.  Koskinen added 10 points to round out the Hiram double-digit scorers.  In addition, freshman forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds and blocked a pair of shots.

Hiram will conclude the two-day Bluffton Tournament tomorrow with a matchup against host school Bluffton in the championship game.  Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.