HIRAM, OHIO — A 16-0 opponent scoring run in the second half resulted in a 62-41 loss for the Hiram College women’s basketball team at the hands of Wittenberg University tonight (Friday, Jan. 6) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers have dropped six straight and are now 4-8 overall and 1-3 in the NCAC. The Tigers improve to 6-5 overall and 2-1 NCAC.
Hiram jumped out quickly in the first half, beginning the period with a 6-0 run that ended in a pair of free-throws by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Beford Heights/Bedford) at the 17:41 minute mark. Wittenberg stayed within striking distance and eventually took the lead for the first time with 11:39 left in the half by a score of 13-12. With the score even at 15-15, the Tigers went on an 11-2 run to gain control of the game, 26-17, with 6:50 to go. Both teams then went cold as both squads wouldn’t score again until the 1:33 mark which came on a three-pointer by Hiram junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) to cut the deficit to 26-20. But Wittenberg tallied the final four points of the half to take a 30-20 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, Hiram got to within six points, 32-26, early in the period, but Wittenberg answered with 16 straight points to blow the game open and take a commanding 22-point margin 48-26 with 11:09 to play in the game. The Terriers were held scoreless for nearly nine minutes during the Wittenberg run but would make one final rally late in the game pulling to within 13 points, 54-41, on a triple by junior guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) at the 2:28 mark. But the rally would come too late for Hiram as the Tigers put the game away down the stretch scoring eight unanswered points en route to the 62-41 final.
Wittenberg shot 40.7 percent (24-of-59) from the field and was led by Lyndsey Clark with a game-high 16 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent). One other Tiger player scored in double-figures in Sarah Watson who added 15 points and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.
Hiram was held to just 23.3 percent shooting (14-of-60) for the game and had one player in double-digits in Kovach who finished with 15 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent).
The schedule won’t get any easier for Hiram as the Terriers host No. 7 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 7) in a NCAC game at Price Gym. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the men’s team as the Terriers will also host the Tigers. The women will play first beginning at 2 p.m., followed by the men at 4 p.m.