HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Ohio Wesleyan University, 38-27, in the second half and held on to beat the Battling Bishops, 62-58, this afternoon (Saturday, Feb. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 8-15 overall and 5-10 in the NCAC. The Bishops are now 9-14 overall and 5-9 NCAC.
Both teams started out slow in the first half, but the opening period did feature five ties and six lead changes. Hiram led by four points, 14-10, just under the midway point of the half thanks to a three-pointer by freshman guard Larissa Davis (Cleveland Heights). OWU responded with a 7-0 scoring run that put the Bishops up 17-14 with 7:31 left before halftime. The Terriers regained control with a mini 6-0 run of their own to make the score 20-17 at the 5:25 mark. But momentum swung back in favor of the Bishops to end the half thanks to a 14-0 run that gave OWU a comfortable 31-20 margin with 1:27 left before the break. Hiram stopped the bleeding with four straight points, all from Davis, to end the scoring, but the Terriers still trailed 31-24 at the intermission.
The Hiram shooting picked up in the second half as the Terriers shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) and held OWU to just 21.9 percent shooting (seven-of-32) in the final 20 minutes. The Bishops led by as many as seven points early in the period, but Hiram began to make its run and later evened the score at 43-43 on a jumper by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 9:17 remaining in the game. The Terriers eventually took the lead but OWU would come back to take a one-point advantage, 50-49, at the 4:12 mark. Hiram took the lead for good with an ensuing 8-0 run that was sparked by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) which later led to a 57-50 margin for the Terriers with 2:17 to go. OWU made the game interesting down the stretch, pulling to within two points, 60-58, with just 10 seconds left. A pair of critical free-throws by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) ended up sealing the victory for the Terriers as Hiram held on for a 62-58 come-from-behind win.
The OWU offense was led by the combination of Tamra Londot and LaNiece McRae who both scored 11 points. Both also had big games on the glass with Londot recording nine rebounds and McRae posting a game-high 16 boards. Julia Grimsley was the only other Bishop player in double-figures with 10 points.
The Terriers were led by Shields with a game-high 12 points on five-of-15 shooting (33.3 percent) to go along with six rebounds. Thomas also scored in double-digits with 10 points. In addition, junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will host Ursuline College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the regular-season home finale at Price Gym. It will be senior night and will also be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will take on the Arrows at 6 p.m., followed by the men against Oberlin College at 8 p.m.