Sophomore point guard Sam DiCello (East Palestine) scored a career and team-tying high 14 points, but an opposing late-game scoring run resulted in the Hiram College women’s basketball team losing to the College of Wooster, 66-63, today (Saturday, Jan. 19) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Box]
With the loss, the Terriers have now lost their last three games and drop to 3-11 overall and 1-5 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots improve to 5-9 overall and 2-4 NCAC.
Hiram got off to a fast start in the first halfbeginning the game on a 7-0 run capped by a jumper by freshman forward Caitlyn Ruese (Strongsville) at the 15:54 minute mark. The Terriers led the entire first half and recorded their largest lead of the game of 11 points on two occasions with the last one being a 26-15 advantage thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Stephanie Zunic (Canfield) with 7:15 to go before halftime. The Scots cut the deficit to five points, 30-25, with a little over a minute to play, but a triple by freshman Ally Cook (Ravenna/Crestwood) before the end of the period gave Hiram a 33-25 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, momentum began to shift in favor of Wooster as the Scots shot 63.6 percent (14-of-22) from the floor and held Hiram to just 26.7 percent (eight-of-30) shooting. Wooster tied the game on four occassions before taking the lead for the first time with five minutes left in the contest, making the score 55-54. The Terriers regained the lead and had a six-point advantage, 63-57, with 2:35 to go with a bucket by sophomore forward Karris Kandel (Louisville/East Canton). But an ensuing 9-0 run by Wooster to end the game, gave the Scots a 66-63 come-from-behind victory.
For the game, Wooster shot 53.5 percent (23-of-43) from the floor as Hiram shot 30.3 percent (20-of-66) from the field.
Individually, Wooster had two players score in double figures led by Meredith Wilson with a game-high 24 points, including shooting six-of-12 from three-point range. Meghan Maines was the other Wooster player in double digits with 16 points.
DiCello and Zunic paced Hiram with 14 points each. DiCello shot just 20.0 percent (two-of-10) from the floor, but converted an impressive eight-of-nine from the free-throw line (88.9 percent). Zunic shot 29.4 percent (five-of-17) from the field and grabbed a team-tying high six rebounds. Cook ended the game with 11 points and sophomore forward Alex Dellas (Willoughby/South) added 10 points to round out the Hiram double-figure scorers.
Hiram will look to end its current three-game losing streak on Wednesday, Jan. 23 when it travels to Oberlin for a NCAC-matchup against Oberlin College at 7:30 p.m.