Senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) recorded her second career double-double with career highs of 17 points and 15 rebounds in a Hiram College women’s basketball loss to Allegheny (Pa.) College, 87-64, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Allegheny (9-5, 3-2 NCAC) never trailed in the game, but Hiram (4-10, 0-5 NCAC) stayed with the Gators and only trailed by a basket, 10-8, following a three-pointer by senior All-NCAC guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville) at the 13:57 minute mark. Allegheny got some breathing room with an 8-0 scoring run to extend the margin to double figures for the first time in the game, 23-12, with 8:06 left before halftime. The Terriers battled back to within five points, 27-22, as part of a 10-4 run capped by a triple by freshman guard Dana Perrotta(New Castle, Pa./New Castle) with 5:37 to go. But the Gators outscored the Terriers, 11-3, in the final five minutes to regain a double-digit lead with a halftime score of 38-25.
In the second half, Allegheny began to pull away and reached the 20-point plateau for the first time with 14:54 remaining and the score of 54-34. Hiram looked to make a rally with an ensuing 9-2 run that ended in a three-pointer by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) to get the Terriers to within 13 points, 56-43, at the 11:58 mark. But that would be as close as Hiram would get as Allegheny extended its lead back to 20 points en route to posting its largest lead of the game of 26 points, 82-56, with 3:58 to go. The Gators would cruise to the 87-64 final.
Allegheny shot 48.4 percent (31-of-64) from the floor as a team, including 50.0 percent (eight-of-16) from three-point range. The Gators had five players score in double figures led by Emma Pellicano with 17 points. Makenzie Zidek was second with 15 points and Jessica Mrdjenovich and Meaghan Wilby both added 14 points. Kaitlyn Fromknecht was the other Gator player in double digits with 11 points. In addition, Pellicano and Wilby both grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.
Hiram finished the game shooting 39.7 percent (23-of-58) from the field and was led by Day’s 17 points on seven-of-11 shooting (63.6 percent) to go along with her 15 boards. The Terriers had one other player score in double figures in Koskinen with 12 points.
The Terriers will begin a mini two-game road trip beginning with a NCAC matchup against Oberlin College on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Oberlin. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.