Hiram College

The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Denison University, 62-40, today (Saturday, Feb. 2) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Livingston Gymnasium in Granville. [Game Box]

With the loss, the Terriers have dropped their last six games and are now 3-14 overall and 1-8 in the NCAC. The Big Red improve to 11-8 overall and 7-3 NCAC.

Denison jumped out to a sizeable lead beginning the game with a 16-5 run spanning 6:26. Hiram battled back to get to within four points, 20-16, thanks to a jumper by freshman guardAlly Cook (Ravenna/Crestwood) at the 5:32 minute mark as part of an 11-4 run. The Terriers cut the lead to three points, 28-25, just before the end of the half on a jumper by sophomore guard Karris Kandel(Louisville/East Canton) with 13 seconds left before the break. Denison tallied the final point of the opening period to lead 29-25 at the intermission.

In the second half, Hiram got to within a point on two occassions, with the last one being, 37-36, on a three-point play by freshman guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) with 11:49 to play in the game. But Denison answered by going on a 15-0 run to extend the lead back to double figures, 52-36, with 5:57 to go. The Big Red led by as many as 24 points, 62-38, with just over a minute remaining en route to the 62-40 final.

For the game, Denison shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the floor and held Hiram to just 26.2 percent (16-of-61) shooting.

Denison had three players score in double figures led by Carolyn Simpson with game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds. Ellen O’Brien and Sarah Perrine each scored 10 points to round out the Big Red top scorers.

Kandel, junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) and sophomore forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby/South) were the high scorers for the Terriers with eight points each. In addition, Zunic dished out a team-high four assists and grabbed a team-tying high seven boards.

Hiram will look to end its six-game losing streak on Tuesday, Feb. 5 when it hosts Allegheny (Pa.) College in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium at 7:30 p.m.