Hiram College

PEPPER PIKE, OHIO  —  Junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) connected on a pair of free-throws with nine seconds left in the game to give the Hiram College women’s basketball team a 70-68 win against Ursuline College in a non-conference game in Pepper Pike.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 11-7 overall and the Arrows fall to 5-17 overall for the season.

Ursuline led for the majority of the first half, including mounting a nine-point lead, 21-12, at the 10:00 minute mark.  Hiram answered with an ensuing 8-0 scoring run capped by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) making the score 21-20 with 7:59 left in the half.  The Terriers later took the lead on back-to-back triples by sophomore guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) resulting in a 27-26 advantage at the 5:27 mark.  The Arrows took back the lead in the final minutes of the period and had a 37-32 edge with just over two minutes to go.  But Hiram scored the final four points of the half to cut the deficit to 37-36 at the break.

In the second half, Hiram took the lead for good with 14:50 left to play in the game on a jumper by sophomore guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark).  Ursuline came back to tie the game on several occassions, including evening the score at 68-68 with 16 seconds left to play.  On the following Hiram possession, Shields got to the free-throw line and connected on both attempts to give the Terriers the lead.  The Arrows failed to get a final shot attempt in the final nine seconds as Hiram went on to win by the final of 70-68.

Ursuline was led by Jaylene Taylor with 19 points on seven-of-12 shooting (75.0 percent) in addition to grabbing a game-high 13 rebounds and tallying a team-best seven assists.  Laura Campbell was second with 17 points and Josie Smith rounded out the high scorers with 11 points.

Hiram was led by Shields’ game-high 20 points on six-of-15 shooting (40.0 percent), including going seven-of-eight (87.5 percent) at the charity stripe.  She also pulled down a team-high eight boards.  Smyers was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 10 points.  In addition, junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) recorded a game-high eight assists.

Hiram will host No. 15 nationally-ranked Denison University on Saturday, Jan. 29 at Price Gymnasium.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will tip-off against the Big Red at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.