Senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) recorded her second straight double-double, but the Hiram College women’s basketball team would fall to Oberlin College, 60-59, on a buzzer-beater by the Yeowomen in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Oberlin.
The two teams exchanged leads six times in the first half and were tied five times. Hiram (4-11, 0-6 NCAC) led by as many as five points on several occasions with the last one coming at the 5:12 minute mark on a jumper by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga). Oberlin (8-5, 3-1 NCAC) battled back to even the game at 33-33 just before the end of the period, but a three-pointer by Hiram junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) gave the Terriers the lead at the break with the score of 36-33.
Oberlin climbed to within a point, 42-41, with 12:55 left in the game, but Hiram responded with a 10-2 scoring run that ended in a layup by Day to extend the margin to nine points, 52-43, with 6:51 to go. The Yeowomen then made their rally outscoring the Terriers, 11-2, to deadlock the game at 54-54 with just over three minutes remaining. Hiram later regained the lead on one-of-two free-throws by Day to make the score 59-58 with 19 seconds to go. Oberlin held on for the final shot and the Yeowomen’s Malisa Hoak connected on a jumper with less than a second remaining to give Oberlin the 60-59 victory.
Oberlin shot 38.0 percent (19-of-50) from the floor, but just 18.2 percent (four-of-22) from three-point range. The Yeowomen made up for the poor three-point shooting with 20 free-throw attempts and converting 18 (90.0 percent). Oberlin had one player score in double figures in Christina Marquette with a game-high 25 points. She also had 10 rebounds for the double-double.
Hiram shot 41.9 percent (26-of-62) from the field and was held to 10.0 percent (one-of-10) from behind the arc. The Terriers had three players score in double-digits led by Day’s 15 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent) to go along with 11 rebounds. Goodrich ended the game with 14 points which all came in the first half and was held scoreless in the final 20 minutes. Rounding out the top scorers was Koskinen with 11 points.
Hiram will look to end its five-game winless streak when it travels to Delaware for a NCAC game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.