The Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Oberlin College, 57-54, today (Saturday, Feb. 16) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in Hiram on Senior Day. [Game Box]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 5-17 overall and 3-11 in the NCAC. The Yeowomen fall to 5-18 overall and 4-10 NCAC.
Both teams went back-and-forth in the first half with nine lead changes and five ties. Hiram led by as many as four points on two occassions in the first half with the last one being, 12-8, at the 14:50 minute mark on a jumper by sophomore guard Karris Kandel (Louisville/East Canton). Oberlin led by a point on several occassions including a halftime score of 28-27.
In the second half, the Yeowomen jumped out to a four-point advantage, 31-27, to begin the period, but a Hiram 9-0 scoring run that ended with a layup by senior forward Katie Grendel (Independence)gave the Terriers a 36-31 lead with 17:19 to play. Hiram increased its lead to as many as six points later in the half, 45-39, thanks to one of two free-throws by junior forward Sarah Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights/Gilmour) with 8:48 to go. Oberlin then outscored Hiram, 15-6, to take a three-point lead, 52-49, at the 2:34 minute mark. The Terriers later tied the game for the eighth time in the contest, 53-53, on a basket by sophomore point guard Sam DiCello (East Palestine) with 1:27 to play. Junior guardStephanie Zunic (Canfield) tallied the final four points for Hiram including a pair of free-throws in the final seconds to secure a 57-54 victory.
Oberlin had three players score in double figures led by Alicia Smith with 14 points. Alyssa Clark was second with 12 points and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Roneisha Kinney rounded out the top-three scorers with 10 points.
Hiram had one player score in double figures in Zunic with 20 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent), including shooting three-of-six (50.0 percent) from three-point range. She also grabbed a team-tying high seven rebounds and recorded four assists.
Hiram will seek a possible third straight victory on Wednesday, Feb. 20 when the Terriers travel to Gambier for a NCAC-matchup against Kenyon College. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.