The Hiram College women’s basketball team lost to Penn State-Behrend (Pa.), 60-48, in non-conference action at Price Gymnasium.
Turnovers were the story of the game for both teams as the two squads combined for 48 turnovers. PSU-Behrend (4-5 overall) started the game with a 6-0 scoring run as Hiram (5-7 overall) wouldn’t record its first points of the game until the 15:44 minute mark on a layup by junior guard Marissa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst). The Terrier offense would rally though and fought back to take the lead as part of a 12-1 run capped by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) making the score 14-9 with 10:42 left in the half. Hiram led by as many as six points in the latter half of the period, 19-13, thanks to a jumper by freshman forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) at the 5:56 mark. The Lions ended the half outscoring the Terriers, 12-2, to regain the lead and held a 25-21 advantage at the break.
PSU-Behrend led by seven points, 31-24, early in the second half, but Hiram rallied again scoring seven straight points that including a bucket by sophomore forward Samantha Morford(Jefferson) to even the score at 31-31 with 15:13 left to play. The Lions took the lead back on their ensuing possession and led the rest of the way. Leading by three points at the 11:23 mark, PSU-Behrend took control of the game with a 9-0 run to go up by double-figures en route to recording its largest lead of the game of 15 points, 55-40, with 3:45 to go. Hiram made one final push at the end cutting the deficit to eight points, 55-47, on a triple by senior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) with just under a minute remaining. But the earlier deficit would be too much to overcome as PSU-Behrend went on to capture the 60-48 victory.
The Lions shot 47.6 percent (20-of-42) from the floor, including 78.9 percent (15-of-19) at the free-throw line. PSU-Behrend was led in scoring by Aly Eagle with a game-high 18 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent), including going four-of-six from behind the three-point line. Julia Myers was second in scoring with 14 points and Holly Bourquin added 13 points.
Hiram shot 34.7 percent (17-of-49) from the field and had one player score in double-figures in Morford with 11 points on three-of-seven shooting (42.9 percent).
Hiram will travel to Springfield for a North Coast Athletic Conference game against Wittenberg University on Friday, Jan. 4. The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.