The Hiram College women’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 season with a 90-53 victory against Hilbert (N.Y.) College in a non-conference game in the season opener as part of the Victory Promotions Terrier Tip-Off Classic at Price Gymnasium.
Both teams got off to slow start offensively to begin the game and Hilbert (0-1) led by two points, 5-3, at the 15:44 minute mark before a 16-0 scoring run by Hiram (1-0) gave the Terriers a 19-5 advantage with 10:49 left in the period following a jumper by junior guard Taylor Ratliff(Berea/Columbia). Hiram never looked back and led by as many as 21 points, 29-8, with 5:39 left before halftime thanks to a pair of free-throws by freshman forward Jaclyn Fortner (Norton). Following the two free-throws, the Hawks answered with a 7-0 run to make the score 29-15 at the 3:06 minute mark. But the Terriers ended the period on an 8-4 run to take a 37-19 lead into the locker rooms.
The second half continued to go Hiram’s way as the Terriers quickly extended their lead to 26 points, 48-22, following a jumper by sophomore forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) with 17:42 lef to play. The Terriers went on to lead by as many as 43 points in the game, 78-35, thanks to two free-throws by Ratliff at the 6:42 mark en route to Hiram posting the 90-53 victory.
Hilbert shot just 29.3 percent (17-of-58) from the field and had one player in double-figures. Wyann Jackson paced the Hawks in scoring with 11 points. Emily Spiedel was the next highest scorer with nine points.
Hiram shot 50.0 percent (30-of-60) from the field and was led in scoring by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) with a game-high 14 points on five-of-eight shooting (62.5 percent). Ratliff and junior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) were tied for second in scoring on the team with 13 points each. Koskinen also added a game-high eight rebounds. Rounding out the double-digit scorers was Fortner with 11 points.
Hiram will conclude the two-day Terrier Classic tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 16) with a non-conference matchup against the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (Pa.) at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.