HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team suffered its first loss of the season with a 74-63 defeat against Grove City (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 8) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers are now 4-1 overall and the Wolverines improve to 3-4 overall for the season.
The game remained close in the first half with four lead changes and six ties. Grove City recorded its largest lead of the period of five points, 15-10, at the 8:11 minute mark as part of a 6-0 scoring run. Hiram answered with an ensuing 17-6 run of its own to regain the lead on its way to recording its largest lead of the first half of six points, 27-21, on a three-point play by junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) with 1:47 left before halftime. The Terriers never trailed the remainder of the half, but Grove City battled back to even the score at 30-30 at the intermission.
Both teams continued the seesaw battle in the second half as the teams traded leads nine times. The Wolverines took the lead for good late in the half with a 7-1 run that resulted in a 60-54 edge with 4:02 left to play. Hiram pulled to within three points, 62-59, on a layup by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) at the 2:30 mark, but that would be as close as the Terriers would get as solid free-throw shooting by Grove City down the stretch preserved the victory for the Wolverines with the final of 74-63.
Grove City shot 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from the floor for the game as Hiram connected on 34.8 percent (23-of-66) of its shots. The Wolverines also out-rebounded the Terriers, 50-29.
Grove City was led in scoring by Leah Gibson with a game-high 28 points on eight-of-12 shooting (66.7 percent), including an impressive five-of-eight (62.5 percent) from three-point range. She also grabbed seven rebounds. Christine Slater was the only other Wolverine in double-figures with 22 points in addition to grabbing a game-high 11 boards.
Hiram was led in scoring by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) who equaled her career-high with 22 points on eight-of-17 shooting (47.1 percent). Cowan was second in scoring with 14 points and sophomore forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) rounded out the high scorers with 11 points. Cowan also pulled down a team-best seven rebounds.
Hiram will travel to Granville for a North Coast Athletic Conference game against Denison University on Saturday, Dec. 11. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men. The women will tip-off against the Big Red 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.