Sophomore point guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) scored a career-high21 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Wittenberg University, 74-56, today (Saturday, Jan. 5) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at the HPER Center Arena in Springfield. [Box Score]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 3-9 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Tigers improve to 4-5 overall and 3-0 NCAC.
The first half remained close throughout the period with neither team leading by more than four points. Hiram posted its largest lead of the half, 26-22, with a jumper by Mayle at the 3:28 minute mark. Wittenberg outscored the Terriers, 8-5, in the final minutes to narrow the Hiram lead to 31-30 at halftime.
It would be all Wittenberg in the second half as the Tigers outscored the Terriers, 44-25, in the final 20 minutes. Wittenberg gradually began to pull away in the early part of the period increasing its lead to double figures for the first time in the game on a basket by Stepahnie Boardman making the score 56-46 with 9:50 to go. Hiram remained within striking distance trailing by nine points, 65-56, thanks to a three-point play by junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) with 3:06 left in the game. But the Tigers extended their lead back to double digits for good and went on to win by their largest margin of the game with a final of 74-56.
Wittenberg was led in scoring by Katie Gregorevich with 17 points. She also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Katherine Hueter was second on the team in scoring with 16 points followed by Carrie Dyer with 14 points. Boardman rounded out the Wittenberg double-figure scorers with 12 points.
Hiram was led by Mayle’s game-high 21 points. It marked her third straight game tallying 18 points or more including a previouscareer-high 19 points against Lake Erie on Dec. 29.Mayle shot 63.6 percent (seven-of-11) from the field against Wittenberg and grabbed a team tying-high seven rebounds. Zunic was the only other Terrier in double figures with 10 points and grabbed six boards.
The women’s basketball team returns to action next Saturday, Jan. 12 when it hosts Denison University as part of a basketball doubleheader with the Hiram men’s basketball team. The women will play against the Big Red at 1 p.m. followed by the men against Ohio Wesleyan University at 3 p.m.