HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Bluffton University, 74-55, tonight (Monday, Dec. 20) led by career-highs by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Beford Heights/Bedford) with 25 points and sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with 21 points in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 6-3 overall and the Beavers fall to 4-5 overall for the season.
Hiram jumped out early beginning the game with 13-4 scoring run that ended in a layup by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) at the 15:52 minute mark. Bluffton answered with six straight points to cut the deficit to three points and would eventually pull to within a basket, 17-15, with 9:00 left in the opening half. But a triple by Kovach, one of her five three-pointers on the night, sparked an ensuing 10-2 run to give Hiram its first double-figure lead, 27-17, at 6:03 mark. Hiram went on to lead by as many as 11 points in the period, 30-19, thanks to another three-pointer by Kovach with 5:03 left and the Terriers would boast a 35-27 advantage at the break.
In the second half, the Terriers began the period with back-to-back triples by Kovach to extend the lead to 41-27. The Beavers got to within eight points on three occassions, including a 60-52 deficit with 6:10 left to play. But that would be as close as Bluffton would get as Hiram extended its lead back to double-digits and recorded its largest margin of the game of 19 points with the final score of 74-55.
Hiram shot well from the floor at 42.6 percent (23-of-54), including 45.5 percent (10-of-22) from three point range. Bluffton was held to 32.8 percent (20-of-61) shooting and just 20.0 percent (four-of-20) from behind the arc.
The Beavers were led by Kim Miller who scored 17 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent) and grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds. Bluffton had one another player score in double figures in Brittany Stegmaier with 15 points.
Hiram was led by Shields’ career and game-high 25 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent). She also finished the game a perfect four-of-four from three-point range and three-of-three from the free-throw line. In addition, Shields also grabbed seven boards. Kovach was second with 21 points and finished the game five-of-10 (50.0 percent) from three-point range. Rounding out the high scorers was Cowan and sophomore forward Brena Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) with 10 points each. Host’s 10 points was a career high in addition to recording a team-tying high eight rebounds along with junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick). Durichko also tallied a game-high eight assists.
Hiram will travel to Washington, Pa. for a non-conference game against Washington & Jefferson College on Thursday, Dec. 30. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.