WAYNESBURG, PA. — The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell short of Waynesburg (Pa.) University, 58-54, tonight (Monday, Dec. 19) in a non-conference matchup in Waynesburg, Pa. [Game Stats]
The Terriers suffered their third straight loss and are now 4-5 overall for the season. The Yellow Jackets improve to 8-2 overall with the win.
Both teams traded leads in the first 7:30 of the first half, but an 11-2 Waynesburg scoring run near the midway point of the period would put the Yellow Jackets in control with a nine-point advantage, 17-8, at the 7:21 minute mark. Hiram erased the deficit with three layups, including a lay-in by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) that got the Terriers to within three points, 17-14, with 6:06 left in the half. Hiram narrowed the gap to two points on several occassions which included a 22-20 deficit with just under two minutes to go. Neither team recorded any points in the final minutes and Waynesburg retained a slim 22-20 lead at the break.
In the second half, Waynesburg looked to pull away building its lead to eight points, 34-26, with 15:03 left to go. Hiram rallied again with an 8-1 run and took the lead at 36-35 on a three-pointer by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) with 12:50 left in the game. The teams went back-and-forth the remainder of the half and the Terriers would find themselves down by a point, 52-51, at the 1:10 mark. But Hiram could not take the lead in the final minute as the Yellow Jackets converted enough free-throw attempts to extend the lead and hold on for a 58-54 win.
Hiram held Waynesburg to 32.3 shooting for the game (20-of-62) while converting 37.0 percent (20-of-54) of its attempts, but only 12.5 percent (one-of-eight) from three-point range.
Waynesburg had three players score in double figures led by the duo of Paige Pearce and Hannah Hunter with 15 points each. Brittany Spencer added 10 points.
Hiram was led by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) with 14 points on four-of-nine shooting (44.4 percent) and six-of-seven (85.7 percent) at the free-throw line. Shields was the only other Terrier in double figures with 13 points to go along with a team-tying high seven rebounds.
Hiram will travel to California for a pair of non-conference games against Occidental College and Chapman University on Friday-Saturday, Dec. 30-31. The Terriers will take on Occidental on Friday with tip-off scheduled for 9 p.m. EST.