The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by The College of Wooster, 61-54, in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener in Wooster.
Wooster (3-2, 1-1 NCAC) began the game on a 12-2 scoring run in the first 7:18 with Hiram’s (3-3, 0-1 NCAC) only points coming from a jumper by junior guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville). The Fighting Scots continued to pull away with a series of scoring runs and led by as many as 17 points, 27-10, at the 5:29 minute mark of the period. Hiram tallied the final points of the first half thanks to a jumper by freshman forward Christy Griffin(Middlefield/Cardinal) just before time expired, but the Terriers still trailed, 32-18, at halftime.
In the second half, Wooster maintained a double-digit lead for the majority of the first 10 minutes. Hiram cut the deficit to single figures at the 10:36 mark thanks to a basket by junior guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) to narrow the gap to 46-37. The Terriers pulled to within seven points on numerous occassions in the later half of the period, but could not pull even with Wooster as the Scots went on to capture a 61-54 victory.
Wooster shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) from the floor and was led by Karley Walker with a game-high 17 points on seven-of-11 shooting (63.6 percent). Jessican Wingen was second with 15 points in addition to grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. Katelyn Dymek rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Scots with 10 points.
Hiram shot 36.5 percent (23-of-63) overall for the game and was led by Griffin with a game-tying high 17 points while shooting seven-of-nine (77.7 percent) from the field.
Hiram will host Oberlin College in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the home opener. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.