MARIETTA, OHIO — Freshman guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) set school single-season records in three-pointers made and attempts (eight-of-16) in her collegiate debut, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Marietta College, 73-58, tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 15) in the season opener in Marietta. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers begin the season with a 0-1 overall record and the Pioneers improve to 1-0 overall.
Both teams traded leads in the opening minutes of the first half. Hiram built a five-point lead, 16-11, with a 5-0 mini scoring run with four of the five points being scored by Koskinen, including one-of-two free-throws to end the run with 12:34 left in the period. But the Pioneers answered with a 24-9 run of their own to end the half, leading by as many as 12 points during the run, and took a 35-25 advantage into the locker rooms.
Marietta continued the run in the second half scoring the period’s first 16 points to put the Pioneers up, 51-25, with 15:17 left to play. The Pioneers recorded their largest lead of the game of 32 points, 60-28, at the 11:28 minute mark. Hiram managed to cut the deficit to 15 points, 73-58, on a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville), but Marietta already had the game in hand and cruised to the 73-58 final.
Marietta shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the floor and out-rebounded Hiram, 46-31. The Pioneers were led in scoring by Aleisha Guiler with 17 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent), including a perfect five-of-five at the free-throw line. She also grabbed six rebounds. Jessica Brogan and Heather Booth were tied for second with 10 points each.
Hiram shot 33.9 percent (20-of-59) for the game and was led by Koskinen’s game-high 27 points on eight-of-18 shooting (44.4 percent), including eight-of-16 from three-point range. Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 13 points.
Hiram will travel to Erie, Pa. on Friday-Saturday, Nov. 18-19 for the Penn State-Behrend Tournament. The Terriers will take on host school PSU-Behrend on Friday at 8 p.m.