The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Bluffton University, 55-44, in the championship game of the Bluffton Tournament in Bluffton.
The first half started out sluggish for Hiram (1-1) as the Terriers shot just 30.4 percent (seven-of-23) from the floor. Bluffton (2-0) outscored Hiram, 16-5, in the opening 10:38 of the period, but the Terriers hung around and narrowed the gap to 10 points, 28-18, at the break.
Hiram picked up the offense in the second half, shooting 41.7 percent (10-of-24) in the final 20 minutes and began the period with an 8-1 scoring run that ended in a three-pointer by senior guardChelsea Kovach (Lakewood) to get the Terriers to within three points, 29-26, with 17:30 left in the game. The turning point of the game soon followed as the Beavers answered with an ensuing, 17-3, run if their own to take a commanding, 46-29, advantage at the 8:06 mark. Hiram would not get any closer than 11 points down the stretch as Bluffton went on to win by the final of 55-44.
Bluffton shot 37.7 percent (20-of-53) from the floor and was led by Rachel DeBord with a game-high 13 points on four-of-seven shooting (57.1 percent). Two other players scored in double-figures with Taylor Knight and Kaitlyn Pennekamp both scoring 10 points.
Hiram ended up shooting 36.2 percent (17-of-47) overall for the game and was led by senior guardCalysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) with 11 points on three-of-nine shooting (33.3 percent). Sophomore forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 10 points.
Hiram will next travel to New Wilmington, Pa. for a non-conference game against Westminster College next Saturday, Nov. 24. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.