The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by No. 2 nationally-ranked Washington (Mo.) University, 78-61, in its final game of the Paul F. Knueppel Classic hosted by Wisconsion-Lutheran College in Milwaukee, Wisc.
Hiram (1-4) outscored Washington (3-0), 13-5, to begin the game that included a three-pointer by senior guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) at the 15:50 minute mark that gave the Terriers the eight-point advantage. But Washington answered with an 8-0 scoring run to even the score at 13-13 with 12:17 left in the first half. Hiram regained the lead two possessions later and led for the majority of the opening period, including having a five-point lead, 20-15, with 7:01 left before halftime following a jumper by Thomas. Washington then outscored Hiram, 12-2, to take a 27-22 advantage at the 2:32. mark. Washington gradually began to pull away and had an eight-point advantage, 34-26, with 52 seconds to go en route to a 36-29 halftime margin.
The Terriers began the second half with a jumper by sophomore forward Christy Griffin(Middlefield/Cardinal) to narrow the gap to five points, but Washington responded with 10 straight points to go up by 15 points, 46-31, with 16:00 left to play. Washington continued to pull away the remainder of the half and led by as many as 22 points on several ocassions, including a 78-56 lead with under a minute to go as Washington would cruise to the 78-61 final.
Washington shot 40.0 percent (28-of-70) from the field and was led in scoring by Melissa Gilkey with 17 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Jordan Rettig was the only other player in double figures with 16 points.
Hiram shot 35.8 percent (19-of-53) for the game and was led by Thomas who scored a game and career-high 22 points on eight-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent). Senior Danielle Day(Newbury) was the only other Terrier in double digits with 11 points with seven of those points coming at the free-throw line.
Hiram will be idle until Wednesday, Dec. 4 when the Terriers travel to Meadville, Pa. for a matchup against Allegheny (Pa.) College in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.