HIRAM, OHIO — Sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) equaled her career-high with 21 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Ohio Wesleyan University, 79-68, today (Saturday, Jan. 15) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
Following today’s game, the Terriers drop to 8-7 overall and 1-4 in the NCAC. The Battling Bishops improve to 8-8 overall and 4-1 NCAC.
Both teams played a competitive first half with five lead changes and nine ties. OWU never led by more than four points in the opening period that included a 12-8 advantage early in the game at the 14:35 mark. Hiram recorded its largest lead of six points with 9:45 left before halftime thanks to a three-pointer by Kovach making the score 21-15. The Terriers also had a five-point lead, 34-29, with just under a minute to go on a jumper by sophomore guard Lindsay Buckner (Vienna/Mathews) as part of a mini 5-0 scoring run. The Bishops connected on a three-pointer in the final seconds to cut the deficit to 34-32 at the break.
In the second half, the Hiram shooting went cold as the Terriers shot just 25.0 percent from the floor. OWU quickly erased the slim Hiram lead, beginning the period with a 14-0 run to gain control, 46-36, with 15:31 left in the game. The Bishops continued to extend their lead and posted their largest margin of 19 points, 78-59, with 2:37 left to play. Hiram outscored OWU, 9-1 in the final 2:37 to get to within 11 points, 79-68, with another triple by Kovach, but the earlier deficit secured the victory for Bishops.
OWU was led in scoring by Pam Quigney with a game-high 24 points on eight-of-16 shooting (50.0 percent), including six-of-11 (54.5 percent) from three-point range. Tyler Cordell was second with 18 points and Kayla Gordon rounded out the high scorers with 15 points to go along with a team-tying high nine rebounds. Julia Grimsley also pulled down nine boards.
Hiram was led by Kovach’s 21 points on seven-of-15 shooting (46.7 percent). Junior gaurd Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) was second with 15 points and fellow junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) added 10 points to go along with a game-high seven assists and eight rebounds. In addition, senior gaurd Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) tallied a game-high 11 rebounds.
Hiram will look to get back on track when it hosts Kenyon College in a NCAC game on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at Price Gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
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