HIRAM, OHIO — Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) scored a career-high 20 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Oberlin College, 65-58, tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 31) in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 7-12 overall and 4-7 in the NCAC. The Yeowomen fall to 5-15 overall and 2-19 NCAC.
Oberlin jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the first half, but Hiram then outscored the Yeowomen, 14-4, over the course of 5:11 to give the Terriers the lead, 16-13, at the 11:57 mark. Oberlin tied the game at 16-16 on its ensuing possession and both teams traded leads in the next few minutes until a three-pointer by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 6:40 left to go in the period sparked an 11-2 scoring run to put the Terriers up by seven points, 32-25, with 3:59 left in the half. The Yeowomen hung around and later cut the lead to four points, 32-28, on a triple, but Hiram tallied the final points of the half on consecutive buckets by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) and Shields giving the Terriers a sizeable 36-28 advantage at the break.
In the second half, Hiram looked to run away with the game on back-to-back three pointers by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) and Durichko to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game of 14 points, 42-28, with 19:00 left in the contest. Oberlin battled back, outscoring Hiram, 9-2, to cut the deficit to single digits, 44-37, at the 13:20 mark. Hiram eventually built its lead back to above 10 points with a 12-point margin, 59-47, with 2:18 left to play on a jumper by Shields. The Yeowomen made one final charge down the stretch with an ensuing 9-1 run to get to within four points, 60-56, with just 18 seconds to go. Hiram connected on five-of-six free-throw attempts in the final seconds to hang on for the 65-58 victory.
Oberlin was led in scoring by Allison Gannon with a game-high 21 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent) to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds. Christina Marquette and Kelly Warlich were the other two Yeowomen players in double-figures with 12 points each.
Hiram was led by Durichko’s 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent). Smyers and Shields both rounded out the high scorers with 12 points each. Smyers also grabbed a team-tying high seven rebounds.
Hiram will play its next two games on the road beginning with a conference matchup against Wittenberg University on Friday, Feb. 3 in Springfield. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.