The Hiram College women’s basketball team captured its second win in its last three games with a 70-58 victory against Earlham College tonight (Friday, Jan. 4) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Richmond, Ind. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 3-8 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC. The Quakers drop to 2-9 overall and 1-2 NCAC.
Hiram started the game with an opening three-pointer by sophomore point guard Brittany Mayle (Mantua/Crestwood) to take an early 3-0 lead, but an ensuing7-0 run by Earlham swung momentum over to the Quakers who took a 7-3 advantage with 17:19 remaining in the half. Both teams went back-and-fourth the remainder of the period with seven lead changes and five ties. The Terriers captured their largest lead of the half of six points just before halftime with a layup by freshman forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) as part of a 9-3 run with 22 seconds to go. Earlham tallied the final basket of the first stanza as Hiram took a 31-27 lead into the intermission.
Hiram never trailed in the second half and led by as many as 12 points, 37-49, thanks to a layup by freshman guard Ally Cook (Ravenna/Crestwood) at the 11:29 minute mark. But the Quakers would not go away and got to within five points on several occassions with the last one being a 55-50 deficit with 5:20 to play. But a triple by Cook on the following Hiram possession, extended the lead back to eight points and solid free-throw shooting down the stretch, including four straight free-throws by Mayle, secured a 70-58 victory.
Earlham had two players score in double figures with Whitney McBurrows leading the way tallying a game-high 22 points. Shontavia Davis was the only other Quaker in double-digits with 11 points.
Hiram was led by Mayle with 18 points on five-of-15 shooting (33.3 percent), including a perfect six-of-six from the charity stripe. Three other Terriers scored in double figures including Cook who finished with 13 points and sophomore forwards Ashley Drum (Parma/Valley Forge) and Alex Dellas (Willoughby/South) each added 10 points. Drumalso grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram will look to keep the momentum going when it travels to Springfield for a NCAC contest against Wittenberg University tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 5). Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m.