ERIE, PA. — The Hiram College women’s basketball team recorded its first win of the season with a 69-54 victory against Bethany (W.Va.) College in the consolation game of the Penn State-Behrend Tournament today (Saturday, Nov. 19) in Erie, Pa. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 1-2 overall and the Bison fall to 0-3 overall for the season.
The early minutes of the first half was heavily contested by both teams with neither team leading by more than five points. Late in the period with the score tied at 20-20, Hiram outscored Bethany, 17-4, in the final 7:16 to take control of the game, including a three-pointer by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) and a pair of free-throws by junior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) to end the half for a 37-24 advantage at the break.
The Terriers maintained their double-digit lead throughout the majority of the second half and led by as many as 16 points on several occassions. Bethany made one last attempt at a comeback near the midway point of the half when the Bison cut the deficit to seven points, 51-44, with 12:54 left to play in the game. But Hiram answered and rattled off nine straight points that included a pair of triples by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give the Terriers a 16-point lead, 60-44, at the 9:43 mark. The Bison would not threaten the remainder of the game as Hiram went on to win by the final of 69-54.
Bethany shot just 29.3 percent (22-of-75) from the field, including 13.0 percent (three-of-23) from behind the three-point line, and was led by Renee Shepherd who was the only Bison player to score in double-figures with 13 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent). She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Hiram shot 36.2 percent (25-of-69) for the game and 52.9 percent (nine-of-17) from behind the arc. The Terriers had two players in double-figures led by Shields with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent) and connected on five three-pointers (five-of-six overall). She also grabbed nine rebounds. Durichko scored 13 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.
Hiram will begin a three-game homestand on Saturday, Nov. 26 when the Terriers take on Westminster (Pa.) College in the home opener at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.