WOOSTER, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by The College of Wooster, 59-52, tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Timken Gymnasium in Wooster. [Game Stats]
The Terriers fall to 4-10 overall with the loss and have dropped their last eight games. Hiram also falls to 1-5 in NCAC play. The Fighting Scots improve to 2-11 overall and 1-4 NCAC.
Hiram connected on the game’s first basket at the 19:14 minute mark, but neither team scored again until 17:35 left in the first half on a jumper by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to give the Terriers an early 4-0 lead. The Scots then scored six straight points to take the lead for the first time with a score of 6-4 with 13:24 left in the period. Both teams would battle to a 10-10 tie at the 9:23 mark when the Terriers went on a mini 5-0 scoring run for a 15-10 advantage. Hiram never trailed the rest of half, but Wooster stayed within striking distance and narrowed the Terrier lead to 23-20 at the break.
Hiram looked to pull away early in the second half, building its lead to a more comfortable eight points, 30-22, on a three-pointer by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with 17:18 left in the game. Hiram maintained its lead for the first 10 minutes, but the Scots would eventually rally to even the game at 39-39 with 9:07 to go. Wooster tied the game as part of 13-0 run that also gave the Scots the lead with a margin of 49-39. The Terrier shooting then went cold as Hiram made just five field goals in the final 6:29 allowing Wooster to keep the lead and sealed the victory with free-throws down the stretch for a 59-52 win.
Wooster shot 34.4 percent (21-of-61) from the field and was led by the duo of Jessica Wingen and Sarah Abboud with 14 points each. Wingen and Abboud were the only two Scot players in double figures.
Hiram shot 30.2 percent (19-of-63) from the floor and had two players score in double digits led by Shields’ game-high 17 points on five-of-14 shooting (35.7 percent). She also grabbed a team-best nine rebounds. Kovach was second in scoring with 15 points.
Hiram will host Kenyon College on Saturday, Jan. 14 in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.