HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team came out on top in a 64-60 victory against The College of Wooster tonight (Thursday, Feb. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the win, the Terriers improve to 12-8 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC. The Fighting Scots drop to 2-17 overall and 0-9 NCAC. The 12 victories for Hiram equals its all-time mark for most wins in a season. The last time the Terriers posted 12 wins came during the 1988-89 season when Hiram finished 12-11 overall and were members of the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.
Hiram looked to take control early outscoring Wooster, 14-3, to begin the game and would equal its 11-point margin later in the period with 10:12 left in the half on a basket by sophomore guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) making the score 19-8. Wooster hung around and pulled to within six points on two occassions, including a 27-21 mark with 2:30 left before halftime. But Hiram would tally the final points of the period and extended its lead to 30-21 at the break.
Hiram never trailed in the second half, but Wooster made it a one-possession game with 6:55 remaining with a score of 52-50. The Terriers then went on a 6-0 scoring run that included a pair of free-throws and a jumper by junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) and two free-throws by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) to gain some breathing room with a score of 58-50 with 3:34 to go. The Scots got to within five points with just under 40 seconds left, but a pair of critical free-throws by sophomore guard Lindsay Buckner (Vienna/Mathews) would seal the victory for Hiram despite a Wooster three-pointer as time expired, with the final score of 64-60.
Wooster won the shooting battle connecting on 38.2 percent (21-of-55) of its shots to Hiram’s 29.8 percent shooting (17-of-57). But 21 of the Terrier’s 64 points came at the free-throw line as Hiram shot 21-of-30 overall (70.0 percent) and the Scots went 10-of-11 (90.9 percent) at the charity stripe.
The Scots were led by Taylor Keegan with a game-high 18 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent). Jessica Wingen was the only other Wooster player in double-figures with 11 points.
Hiram had four players score in double-digits with Cowan and sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) scoring 13 points each. Kovach also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds. Junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedord) was second at 12 points and Durichko added 10 points. Durichko also dished out a game-high nine assists and is just three assists away from tying the Hiram single-season all-time mark.
Hiram will travel to Delaware for a NCAC game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 5. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will tip-off against the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.