UNIVERSITY CIRCLE, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team shot just 19 percent from the field, including 12 percent in the second half, as the Terriers fell to Case, 60-44, tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 4) in University Circle ending their four-game winning streak. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, Hiram is now 8-4 overall while the Spartans improve to 6-5 overall for the season.
Hiram’s shooting woes started early as the Terriers didn’t record their first points of the first half until the 15:24 mark on a jumper by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) and trailed the Spartans by the score of 7-2. Hiram then looked to find its rhythm outscoring Case, 16-4, in the next 6:59 to take a five-point lead, 18-13 with 8:25 left to play in the half thanks to a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky(Girard). But the lead wouldn’t last long as Case rallied with an ensuing 6-0 scoring run to regain the lead, 19-18, at the 7:40 mark. Hiram took the lead again in the final minutes of the period, but the Spartans battled back to tie the game at 24-24 at halftime.
In the second half, Case regained control early and blew the game open on a series of scoring runs, including a 15-0 run that lasted 5:24 near the midway point of the period, giving the Spartans their largest lead of the game, 58-34, with 6:59 left to play. Hiram tallied all of its remaining points from the free-throw line as Case went on to the 60-44 victory.
Case was led in scoring by Erin Hollinger with a game-high 20 points on eight-of-17 shooting (47.1 percent) and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds. Caitlin Henry was second with 16 points and Evy Iacono added 12 points and a game-high seven assists.
Hiram senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) was the only Terrier to score in double-figures with 12 points on three-of-11 shooting (27.3 percent), including four-of-six from the charity stripe (66.7 percent). In addition, she also tallied a game-high 11 rebounds. Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) recorded her third straight game with 10 or rebounds with 10 boards tonight against Case.
Hiram will resume its North Coast Athletic Conference schedule when it travels to Springfield on Saturday, Jan. 8 for a matchup against Wittenberg University. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will tip-off against the Tigers at 3 p.m., followed by the men at 5 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.