MEADVILLE, PA. — Cold shooting in the second half led to a Hiram College women’s basketball defeat against Allegheny College, 67-55, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 9) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Meadville, Pa. [Game Stats]
Following tonight’s game, the Terriers drop to 12-10 overall and 4-7 in the NCAC. The Gators improve to 14-7 overall and 8-3 NCAC.
Both teams started out slow in the first half, but a 9-0 scoring run by Hiram that started at the 15:05 minute mark with a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) and ended with a jumper by fellow sophomore guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) gave the Terriers a 15-7 edge with 11:11 left before halftime. Allegheny responded with seven straight points of its own to cut the lead to a point, 15-14, with 7:51 left. Hiram never surrendered the lead and pushed the margin to a more comfortable seven points, 24-17, at the 4:32 mark thanks to a bucket by freshman guard Danielle Day (Newbury). But the Gators rallied again and eventually tied the game at 24-24 with a little over three minutes left in the period. Hiram regained the lead in the final minutes and took a 28-26 lead into the locker rooms.
The second half would be a different story for Hiram as the Terriers shot just 20.0 percent (seven-of-35) from the floor. Despite Allegheny starting the half with a 6-0 run to take the lead, momentum would swing back-and-forth between the two teams in the opening minutes. The Gators eventually took the lead for good with 13:54 left to play and built their lead to 12 points, 55-43, at the 5:15 mark. Allegheny went on to lead by as many as 14 points, 67-53, with just over a minute to go en route to the 67-55 final.
Allegheny had four players score in double-figures, led by Erica Restich with a game-high 19 points on four-of-six shooting (66.7 percent), including three-of-four (75.0 percent) from three-point range and eight-of-nine (88.9 percent) from the free-throw line. Heidi Goeller was second with 14 points in addition to grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Jill Gregory and Ann Ryan each added 10 points in the win.
Hiram had two players in double-digits in Kovach and Shields who both scored 11 points. Senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) and junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) each grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Hiram will host Oberlin College on Saturday, Feb. 12 in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
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