Hiram College

PITTSBURGH, PA.  —  The Hiram College women’s basketball team saw its current winning streak grow to four games following a 63-55 win against Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) University today (Friday, Dec. 31) in a non-conference game in Pittsburgh, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 8-3 overall and the Tartans fall to 1-9 overall.

CMU scored the game’s opening points, but Hiram quickly took the lead with an ensuing 12-0 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by sophomore guard Calysia Smayers (Akron/Coventry), giving the Terriers a 12-2 advantage at the 12:00 mark.  The Tartans later regained the lead with a 9-1 run later in the period to claim a 17-15 edge with 6:27 left to play in the half.  But Hiram answered with a 9-0 run of its own to take control and never trailed in the game again and led 30-24 at halftime.

In the second half, Hiram slowly began to pull away and recorded its largest lead of the game with 10:14 left to play thanks to a jumper by sophomore guard Lindsay Buckner (Vienna/Mathews) making the score 51-40.  CMU made one final charge late in the game, cutting the deficit to four points, 55-51, as part of an 11-4 run with 2:38 to go.  The Terriers then scored four straight points to gain some breathing room and increase the lead to eight points en route to overall victory and a final score of 63-55.

Hiram finished the game shooting 40.4 percent (21-of-52) from the floor and CMU shot 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the field.

The Tartans had three players score in double-figures led by Jacki Cortese with 12 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent) to go along with eight rebounds.  Emily Peel and Brit Phillips rounded out the high scorers with 11 points each.  Peel also grabbed a game-tying high 10 boards.

Hiram was led by the duo of senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with a game-tying high 13 points each.  Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) finished the game with 12 points in addition to tallying a game-tying best 10 rebounds.

The Terriers will travel to University Circle for a non-conference game against Case on Tuesday, Jan. 4.  The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.