HIRAM, OHIO — Sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) scored a career-high 17 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Waynesburg (Pa.) University, 73-68, tonight (Thursday, Dec. 16) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers drop to 4-3 overall and the Yellow Jackets improve to 7-1 overall for the season.
Waynesburg led for the majority of the first half and looked to take control with a 10-0 scoring run that gave the Yellow Jackets an 18-9 advantage at the 13:33 minute mark. Waynesburg went on to lead by as many as 10 points, 25-15, with 6:53 left to play in the period. But Hiram then outscored the Yellow Jackets, 12-4, to cut the deficit to two points, 29-27, on a three-point play by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 2:29 left. The Yellow Jackets tallied four straight points to push the lead to six points, but the Terriers battled back again and narrowed the gap to a basket on two occassions in the final minutes, including a halftime score of 35-33.
Hiram opened the second half with back-to-back three-pointers, including a triple by Shields at the 19:17 mark that gave the Terriers their first lead since early in the first half with the score of 39-35. Waynesburg eventually regained the lead and led by as many as six points on two occassions, including a 56-50 advantage with 8:18 left in the game. Senior guard Jessica Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) connected on a three-pointer on Hiram’s ensuing possession that sparked a 16-5 run and resulted in a 66-61 Hiram lead with 3:01 to go. But the Hiram shooting went cold in the final minutes as Waynesburg ended the game on a 12-2 run to claim a 73-68 come-from-behind victory.
Waynesburg ended the game shooting 43.1 percent (28-of-65) from the field and held Hiram to 29.3 percent (22-of-75) shooting.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Brittany Spencer with a game-high 30 points on 13-of-22 shooting (59.1 percent). Waynesburg had two other players in double-digits with Elisha Jones scoring 16 points and Hannah Hunter adding 10 points. Hunter also recorded a team-best 11 rebounds.
Hiram was led by Shields with 20 points on eight-of-23 shooting (34.8 percent). Smerchansky and Cowan rounded out the Terrier high scorers with 17 points each. Smerchansky scored 15 of her 17 points from behind the arc and Cowan would also grab a career and game-high 13 boards.
Hiram will travel to Greenville, Pa. for a non-conference matchup against Thiel College on Sunday, Dec. 19. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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