Coming off of a 13-point win yesterday, the Hiram College women’s basketball team posted back-to-back victories with a 55-40 win against Penn State-Behrend (Pa.) in a non-conference game in Erie, Pa.
Hiram (3-6) scored seven unanswered points to begin the first half and would later break the game open with a 14-0 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Alexis Kemper (Centerville) that put the Terriers up by 17 points, 27-10, with 7:56 left in the period. PSU-Behrend (1-5) narrowed the gap with an ensuing 8-0 run of its own to make the score 27-18, but the Terriers ended the half outscoring the Lions, 9-2, to boast a 36-20 advantage at halftime.
Both teams started out the second half slow with neither team recording points until the 16:43 mark when Hiram junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) connected on a jumper to extend the Terrier lead to 38-20. Hiram felt no pressure from the Behrend offense the rest of the way as the Terriers led by as many as 20 points on several occasions, including a 55-35 advantage with 2:20 left to go following a layup by junior guard Taylor Ratliff(Berea/Columbia). The Lions scored the final five points of the game, but Hiram already had the game well in hand and went on to the 55-40 victory.
Behrend shot just 25.4 percent (15-of-59) from the field, including just 20.7 percent (six-of-29) from three-point range. The Lions were led in scoring by Natalie Corso with nine points. Sarah Schweitzer was second with eight points and Emily Foy added six points.
Hiram shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the floor and was led by Koskinen with a game-high 16 points on eight-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent). Senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) was second with 13 points and freshman Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) rounded out the high scorers with 10 points in addition to grabbing seven rebounds. In addition, Kemper grabbed a game-high nine rebounds and sophomore forward Christy Griffin(Middlefield/Cardinal) had eight boards to go along with three blocked shots.
Hiram will host Thiel (Pa.) College on Saturday, Dec. 14 in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.