Sophomore forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) scored a career-high 18 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to the University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg (Pa.), 74-66, on the final day of the season-opening Victory Promotions Terrier Tip-Off Classic at Price Gymnasium.
Pitt-Greensburg (1-1) led for the majority of the first half and had a seven-point lead, 22-15, at the 9:39 minute mark of the period. Hiram (1-1) then went on a 10-2 scoring run, that included a series of seven straight points, to take the lead at 25-24 following a jumper by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) with 4:34 left before halftime. But the Bobcats regained the lead on a three-pointer and never trailed again en route to having a six-point advantage, 33-27, at the break.
In the second half, Greensburg began the period with two free-throws to expand the lead to eight points, 35-27. But another scoring run by Hiram narrowed the gap to two points, 35-33, that ended in a basket by Griffin with 17:44 left to play. The Bobcats answered with a 12-4 run to record their first double-digit lead, 47-37, at the 13:24 mark. Greensburg then began to pull away and recorded its largest margin of the game of 19 points, 73-54, with 4:45 remaining. Hiram would cut the deficit to single figures with under a minute to go and get to within eight points, 74-66, on a jumper by sophomore guard Preshus Hawthorne (Lorain). But the bucket came with 24 seconds left in the game and the Bobcats went on to post the 74-66 victory.
Pittsburgh shot 38.6 percent (22-of-57) for the game and was led in scoring by Courtney DiBridge with 17 points on five-of-14 shooting (35.7 percent). All five of her field goals came from three-point range. The Bobcats had one other double-figure scorer in Emily Nelson who finished with 10 points and had a team-tying high six rebounds.
Hiram shot 36.7 percent (18-of-49) for the game, but only 15.4 percent (two-of-13) from behind the arc. The Terriers were led by Griffin’s 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting (77.8 percent) in addition to grabbing six rebounds. Freshman Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) was the other Hiram player in double-figures with 15 points. In addition, Day finished the game with a game-high seven boards and had a team-high four assists.
Hiram will host Westminster (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Nov. 20 in a non-conference game at Price Gym. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.