OBERLIN, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team shot just 24.2 percent (eight-of-33) in the second half which resulted in a 73-60 loss to Oberlin College tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 7) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Oberlin. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers are now 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC. The Yeowomen improve to 3-4 overall and 1-1 NCAC.
Hiram never trailed in the first half and had a nine-point advantage, 24-15, at the 6:25 minute mark on a three-pointer by freshman guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison). Oberlin answered with a 6-0 scoring run on a pair of triples to pull to within three points, 24-21, with 5:11 left before halftime. The Terriers rallied with a 9-2 run of their own that ended in a basket by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give Hiram its largest lead of the game of 10 points, 33-23, with 3:15 left in the period. But the Yeowomen managed to get back to within striking distance and narrowed the Hiram lead to three points, 35-32, at the break.
Oberlin took advantage of the missed Hiram attempts in the second half and took the lead for the first time in the game with 14:57 left to play with a score of 41-40. The two points that gave the Yeowomen the lead was part of a 13-0 run that gave Oberlin a 50-40 advantage with 10:39 to go. Oberlin went on to record its largest lead of the game of 16 points on several occassions, including a 63-47 advantage with 6:30 remaining in the game. Hiram managed to cut the deficit to single figures with a little over a minute to play on a bucket by Koskinen that made the score 69-60. But the Yeowomen scored the final points of the game on a series of free-throws and went on to claim the 73-60 victory.
Hiram went on to shoot 32.8 percent (21-of-64) overall from the field, including just 57.1 percent (eight-of-14) from the free-throw line. Oberlin finished the game shooting 38.3 percent (23-of-60) from the floor and took 25 free-throw attempts (20-of-25 overall). The Yeowomen also came out ahead in the rebound battle, 50-34.
Individually, Oberlin had three players score in double-figures led by Christina Marquette’s game-high 35 points on 10-of-18 shooting (55.6 percent), including six-0f-nine (66.7 percent) from three-point range and nine-of-10 (90.0 percent) at the charity stripe. Marquette also went on to grab a game-high 16 rebounds. Allison Gannon was second in scoring with 19 points and Kelly Warlich rounded out the Oberlin high scorers with 11 points in addition to pulling down 14 boards.
Hiram was led by Shields with 12 points on five-of-18 shooting (27.8 percent). Junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 11 points.
Hiram will continue its road trip when it travels to Gambier for a NCAC game against Kenyon College on Saturday, Dec. 17. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.