ORANGE, CALIF. — The Hiram College women’s basketball team dropped a 64-39 decision tonight (Saturday, Dec. 31) against Chapman (Calif.) University in a non-conference game in Orange, Calif. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers fall to 4-7 overall and the Panthers improve to 9-4 overall on the season.
Hiram shot just 26.9 percent (seven-of-26) in the first half which allowed Chapman to take control early and recorded its first double-digit lead at the 13:09 minute mark with a score of 14-4. Hiram later pulled to within four points, 18-14, on one-of-two free-throws by junior forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy) with 8:13 left before halftime. But that would be as close as the Terriers would get in the period as the Panthers built their lead back to double-figures and posted their largest margin of 15 points with a halftime score of 36-21.
The shooting woes continued for Hiram in the second half as the Terriers shot 25.0 percent (six-of-24) from the floor in the final 20 minutes. Chapman continued to pull away in the period and recorded its largest lead of the game of 25 points with the final score of 64-39.
Chapman shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field and had two players score in double-figures led by Liz Hartnett with a game-high 19 points on eight-of-nine shooting (88.9 percent). Emily McCoy added 11 points in the win. In addition, Brandi Hood grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram ended up shooting 26.0 percent (13-of-50) from the floor for the game and had one player in double-digits in senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 11 points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent).
The Terriers will look to get back on track when they return to Ohio for a pair of back-to-back home games against North Coast Athletic Conference opponents Wittenberg University and DePauw (Ind.) University. Hiram will play against Wittenberg on Friday, Jan. 8 with tip-off scheduled for 6 p.m. at Price Gymnasium. The Terriers will then host conference newcomer DePauw on Saturday (Jan. 7) with tip-off slated for 2 p.m. Both games will also be part of basketball doubleheaders with the Hiram men’s team. The men will host No. 14 nationally-ranked Wabash (Ind.) College on Friday at 8 p.m. and DePauw on Saturday beginning at 4 p.m.