HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Penn State-Behrend, 41-32, in the second half in a come-from-behind victory against the Lions, 72-66, today (Sunday, Nov. 28) in a non-conference game and home opener at Price Gymansium. [Game Stats]
With the win, Hiram improves to 2-0 overall and PSU-Behrend falls to 1-2 overall for the season.
Hiram scored the game’s opening basket, but was then outscored, 21-6, by Behrend to fall behind by 13 points, 21-8, with 14:09 left in the first half. The Terriers answered with an ensuing 14-1 scoring run that ended in a jumper by sophomore guard Emily Smerchansky (Girard) to tie the game at 22-22 at the 6:59 mark. Hiram never took the lead, but kept the game close, not allowing the deficit to grow to more than five points the rest of the way and trailed 34-31 at the intermission.
Behrend led for the majority of the second half, but could not pull away as the Hiram shooting picked up. The Terriers took their first lead since the game’s opening bucket at the 9:06 mark thanks to a three-pointer by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) at the 9:06 mark as part of an 8-0 run which gave the Terriers a 57-54 lead with 8:21 to go. Hiram slowly built its lead to as many as eight points on two occassions, including a 72-64 edge with just 25 seconds left. The Lions tallied the final points of the game, but it would be the Terriers who would come out on top with the final of 72-66.
Both teams shot well from the floor in the game with Hiram shooting 44.8 percent (26-of-58) overall, including 48.0 percent (12-of-25) in the second half, and Behrend shot 42.6 percent (26-of-61) overall. The Terriers also out-rebounded the Lions, 40-34.
Behrend was led by the duo of Aly Eagle and Holly Bourquin who both scored 16 points. Bourquin also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds. Amy Oldach was the only other Lion in double figures with 10 points.
Hiram was led by Cowan who scored a game-high 21 points on seven-of-15 shooting (46.7 percent) to go along with a team-best nine boards. It marked the second straight game that she has scored 20 or more points. Two other Terriers scored in double digits with junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) scoring 12 points and Smerchansky added 10 points. Durichko also tallied a game-high six assists.
Hiram with travel to Wooster on Wednesday, Dec. 1 to take on The College of Wooster in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.
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