WOOSTER, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team erased a 12-point halftime deficit led by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers’ (Akron/Coventry) career and game-high 17 points to defeat The College of Wooster, 62-58, tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 1) in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener in Wooster. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots are now 1-5 overall and 0-1 NCAC.
Hiram was held to just 25.0 percent (nine-of-36) shooting in the first half and trailed by as many as 17 points, 34-17, with just over a minute remaining the period. The Terriers scored the final five points of the half on a three-pointer by freshman guard Danielle Day (Newbury) and a jumper by sophomore forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) to trail 34-22 at the break.
It would be the tail of two halves for Hiram in the second period as the Terriers shot 40.0 percent (12-of-30) from the field, including 50.0 percent (six-of-12) from behind the three-point line. Smyers would also provide a spark scoring 10 of her 17 points in the second period. Wooster maintained its double-digit lead in the early minutes of the half and led by 11 points, 39-28, with 16:32 left to play. But Hiram would then make its move with a 17-0 scoring run which ended in a triple by Smyers, giving the Terriers a 45-39 lead at the 9:54 mark. Hiram led by as many as nine points and never trailed the rest of the way despite the Scots coming back to tie the game at 58-58 with 27 seconds left to play. A pair of free-throws by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) in the final seconds gave the lead back to the Terriers and secured a 62-58 win.
Wooster had three players score in double-figures led by Karley Walker with 15 points on six-of-16 shooting (37.5 percent). She also grabbed seven rebounds. Keshia Butler was second with 14 points and Kristen Schwartz added 12 points to go along with a game-tying high nine boards.
Hiram was led by Smyers 17 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent). She was the only Terrier score in double digits. Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) also grabbed a game-tying high nine rebounds.
Hiram will travel to Detroit, Mich. for a non-conference game against Marygrove College on Saturday, Dec. 4. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
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