MEADVILLE, PA. — Sixth-seeded Hiram College women’s basketball team suffered an 86-72 loss against third-seeded Allegheny College despite a career-high 28 points by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 22) in Meadville, Pa. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers end their season with a 12-14 overall record. The Gators improve to 16-9 overall and will advance to the semifinals this weekend.
Hiram led in the early minutes of the first half as Allegheny missed its first six shots, but only led 4-0 during the drought. The Allegheny offense eventually found its stride and took the lead with an 8-0 scoring run, making the score 8-4 at the 16:14 mark. But Hiram would later rally and led by as many as five points, 17-12, thanks to a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) with 11:26 left in the half. Momentum swung back in favor of Allegheny as the Gators answered with an ensuing 12-2 run to regain control and never trailed in the half again. The Terriers stayed within striking distance, not allowing the Allegheny lead to grow to more than seven points and narrowed the score to a manageable 43-38 at the intermission.
In the second half, the Gators slowly began to pull away and recorded its first double-figure lead of 10 points, 60-50, with 12:51 left to play. Hiram cut the deficit to single-figures on its ensuing possession on a three-pointer by junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick), but Allegheny put the game away with a 8-0 run to extend the margin to 15 points, 68-53, and never looked back. Allegheny led by as many as 17 points in the final seconds of the game as the Gators went on to the 86-72 win.
Allegheny was led in scoring by Jill Gregory with 19 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent), including grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds. Erica Restich was second with 15 points and Heidi Goeller rounded out the Gator high scorers with 14 points.
Hiram was led by Shields’ 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting (45.5 percent). She also shot four-of-eight (50.0 percent) from three-point range and tallied a team-tying high seven rebounds. Sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) was the only other Terrier in double-figures with 12 points.
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