The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College, 54-42, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Meadville, Pa.
Hiram (8-15, 3-11 NCAC) scored the game’s first six points with five of those points coming from senior guard Chelsey Kovach (Lakewood). Allegheny (12-10, 7-6 NCAC) then went on a 20-3 scoring run over the course of the next 12:04 to take a 20-9 advantage and never looked back. The Gators led by as many as 13 points in the half and had a nine-point margin, 26-17, at the intermission.
In the second half, the Terriers trailed by eight points, 31-23, with 15:34 left in the game following one-of-two free-throws by senior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy). The Hiram offense then went cold and would not record another point until the 10:41 minute mark on a three-pointer by junior guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville). During the drought, Allegheny failed to take advantage to put the game away scoring just six points, but still increased the lead to 14 points prior to the Kemper triple. The Gators went on to post their largest lead of the game of 20 points with 2:25 left in the game en route to the 54-42 final.
Allegheny finished the game shooting 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the floor. The Gators out-rebounded Hiram, 51-38. Rachel Vigliotti led the team in scoring with a game-tying high 12 points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent). Daryl Ford was the only other Allegheny player in double figures with 10 points, but also grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.
Hiram finished the game shooting 26.4 percent (14-of-53) as a team and had one player score in double digits in Kemper with a game-tying high 12 points while shooting four-of-nine (44.4 percent) from the floor.
Hiram will travel to Delaware for a NCAC game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 9. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will tip-off against the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.