The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Oberlin College, 58-45, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium in the home finale.
Hiram (5-19, 1-14 NCAC) opened the game with a three-pointer by senior All-NCAC guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville) and never trailed in the first half. The Terriers recorded their largest lead in the first half after a 6-0 scoring run lead by forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) to increase the lead by six, 17-11, with 6:59 left in the half. Danielle Day (Newbury) made the final bucket for the Terriers in the period as they went into the locker room with a one point lead, 24-23.
At the start of the second half, Oberlin (9-14, 4-10 NCAC) began play with four straight points to take the lead. The Terriers were able to tie the game at 27-27 on a layup by guard Kelsey Koskinen(Madison) with 15:26 left in the contest. But the Terriers would never take the lead as Oberlin began to pull away with a series of scoring runs, including an 11-0 run that extended the margin to as many as 16 points, and maintained the double-digit margin down the stretch to post the 58-45 victory.
Oberlin shot 34.5 percent (19-of-55) from the field, including 25.0 percent (five-of-20) from three-point range. At the free-throw line Oberlin shot 75.0 (15-of-20). Individually, Lindsey Bernhardt led the way with a game-high 19 points. Christina Marquette had 12 points and rounding out the top three was Malisa Hoak with 10 points.
Hiram ended the game shooting 36.0 percent (18-of-50) overall and 25.0 percent (two-of-eight) from behind the arc. The Terriers only had 10 attempts at the free-throw line making seven of those for 70.0 percent. Griffin had a team high of 12 points, and the only other player in double figures for the Terriers was freshman guard Kayla Yost (Sandusky/Perkins) with 10 points.
Hiram will travel to Granville where they will face off against Denison University on Wednesday, Feb. 19th. This will be the final NCAC regular-season game for the Terriers and is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.