HIRAM, OHIO — Three players scored in double-figures, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team lost a 70-56 decision against Allegheny (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 7-15 overall and 4-10 in the NCAC. The Gators improve to 14-8 overall and 9-4 NCAC.
Both teams were tied at 2-2 in the opening minutes of the first half, but Hiram then went into a 6:46 scoring drought that allowed Allegheny to gain some breathing room with 11 straight points to grab a 13-2 advantage at the 12:36 mark. Freshman guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) ended the drought with a three-pointer that sparked a mini 5-0 scoring run to pull Hiram to within six points, 13-7, with 11:45 left in the period. That would be as close as the Terriers would get in the half as the Gators began to pull away with a series of scoring runs and posted their largest lead in the first 20 minutes of 17 points on two occassions, including a halftime score of 35-18.
Hiram fell behind by 20 points early in the second half. But the Terrier shooting picked up as Hiram shot 41.2 percent (14-of-34) in the period and got to within 11 points on two occassions with the last one being a 49-38 deficit on a pair of free-throws by freshman guard Larissa Davis (Cleveland Heights) with 12:15 left in the game. Allegheny ended the possible comeback with an ensuing 9-3 run to put the Gators back up by 19 points, 60-41, with 9:44 to go. Hiram narrowed the gap to 12 points late in the game, but the early deficit would prove to be too much as Allegheny went on to the 70-56 final.
The Gators shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field and out-rebounded Hiram, 58-22. Allegheny was led in scoring by Heidi Goeller with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting (55.6 percent). She was also one of three players to record 10 or more rebounds with 10. Daryl Ford was second with 18 points to go along with 15 boards. Erica Restich rounded out the Gator high scorers with 14 points and had a game-high 18 rebounds.
Hiram ended up shooting 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the floor and was led by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 11 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent). Senior All-NCAC guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) and sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) both added 10 points.
Hiram will continue its three-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 11 when it hosts Ohio Wesleyan University in a NCAC matchup at Price Gym. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will take on the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men against OWU at 3 p.m.