Hiram College

HIRAM, OHIO  —  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) equaled her season-high 25 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team edged Thiel (Pa.) College, 61-59, today (Sunday, Nov. 27) in a non-conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 3-2 overall and the Tomcats fall to 0-5 overall for the season.

Both teams exchanged leads in the early minutes of the first half.  A basket by sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) at the 16:03 mark sparked a 9-0 scoring run by Hiram which led to an eight-point lead, 16-8, with 13:37 left in the half.  The Terriers remained in control the rest of the period and led by as many as 11 points, 37-26, on a three-pointer by Shields with 2:28 left before halftime.  Thiel recorded the only points in the final minutes on a last-second triple to cut the deficit to 37-29 at halftime.

In the second half, the Tomcats made their run outscoring the Terriers, 15-8, in the first 6:58 of the period to pull to within a point, 45-44, with 13:02 left to play.  Thiel eventually took that lead, but only had a 53-51 edge with 7:40 to go.  Hiram came back to tie the game and a bucket by junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) along with another triple by Shields, gave the Terriers some breathing room with a score of 60-55 with 1:37 left to play.  Thiel made it a one-possession ball game, 61-59, with 21 seconds remaining and following a missed free-throw attempt by Hiram, the Tomcats would fail to connect on the equalizer on their next possession.  Hiram got the rebound on the Thiel miss, but would be called for traveling giving the ball back to the Tomcats under their own basket with less than a second remaining.  But an errant inbound pass by Thiel prevented the Tomcats from getting a last second shot off resulting in a 61-59 victory for Hiram.

Thiel had two players score in double-figures led by Kelly Muffley’s 16 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent).  She also grabbed nine rebounds.  Ashley Davis was the other Tomcat in double-digits with 13 points to go along with nine boards.  In addition, Kelly Barzak grabbed a game-tying high 12 rebounds.

Shields was the only Hiram player in double-figures with her game-high 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting (47.6 percent) in addition to tallying eight rebounds.  Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) recorded a game-tying high 12 rebounds in the win.

Hiram will conclude its three-game homestand on Saturday, Dec. 3 when the Terriers host The College of Wooster in the NCAC opener at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.