The Hiram College women’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end with an 83-67 loss against Marietta College in a non-conference matchup in Marietta.
Marietta (7-4) led for the majority of the first half and led by as many as nine points on multiple occasions that included a 22-13 margin at the 9:12 minute mark. But the Hiram (4-7) offense began to find its rhythm late in the period and took the lead as part of a 9-2 scoring run that was capped by a three-pointer by junior guard Taylor Ratliff(Berea/Columbia) making the score 33-31 with 2:53 left before halftime. The Pioneers came back to tie the game on its ensuing possession before junior guard Kelsey Koskinen(Madison) gave the Terriers the lead back with one of her five made triples on the night for a 36-33 advantage. Marietta ended the half on a 7-0 run to regain control and had a halftime lead of 40-36.
In the second half, Marietta quickly extend its lead to seven points in the opening minutes, but Hiram again rallied and pulled to within a basket, 46-44, following a layup by Koskinen with 16:25 to play. The Pioneers then outscored the Terriers, 7-2, to regain a sizeable lead and gradually began to pull away. Marietta blew the game open with a series of scoring runs and recorded its largest lead of the game of 20 points, 79-59, with 2:43 to go en route to cruising to the 83-67 final.
Marietta shot 52.4 percent (33-of-63) and was led in scoring by Tori Dixon with a game-high 24 points. Two other Pioneer players scored in double figures with Candice Alexander tallying 18 points and Heather Booth adding 12 points.
Hiram shot 42.1 percent (24-of-57) from the field and was paced by Koskinen’s 22 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent), including five-of-11 (45.5 percent) from behind the arc. Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Alexis Kemper (Centerville) was the only other player in double figures with 14 points. In addition, freshman guard Dana Perrotta(New Castle, Pa./New Castle) recorded game-highs of eight rebounds and five assists.
Hiram will host back-to-back games this weekend beginning with a NCAC matchup against Wittenberg University on Friday, Jan. 3 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. The Terriers will then host No. 1 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University on Saturday, Jan. 5 in another conference matchup scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.