Junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) and freshman forward Brianne Goodrich(Chesterland/West Geauga) both scored 22 points to lead the Hiram College women’s basketball team past Bethany (W.Va.) College, 73-60, ending a six-game losing streak in non-conference action at Price Gymnasium.
Hiram (2-6) never trailed in the first half and took a sizeable lead with a 13-2 scoring run that was capped by a three-pointer by senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Alexis Kemper(Centerville) at the 11:25 minute mark. Bethany (2-4) answered with an ensuing 9-0 run of its own to pull to within two points, 19-17, with 9:20 to go in the period. But the Terriers never relinquished the lead and later extending their margin back to double figures on two occasions, including a halftime score of 37-26.
In the second half, Bethany began the period by outscoring Hiram, 16-5, in the first 6:40 to tie the game at 42-42 and took the lead on its ensuing possession with a jumper giving the Bison a 44-42 edge with 12:42 to play. Hiram came back to tie the game again on a pair of free-throws by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) and the Terriers then took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Koskinen with 12:00 to go making the score 47-44. Hiram put the game away late in the half thanks to an 8-0 run that put the Terriers up by double digits again with the score 67-55 at the 4:30 mark. Hiram went on to lead by as many as 14 points just before the end of the game thanks to another triple by Koskinen en route to posting the 73-60 final.
Bethany finished the game shooting 35.4 percent (23-of-65) from the field and was led in scoring by Lauren Simpson with 18 points. Taylor Verrico was second in scoring with 15 points and Sami Schott added 11 points.
Hiram shot 39.7 percent (29-of-73) for the game and had three players score in double figures. Koskinen and Goodrich led the way with 22 points each. Koskinen scored her season-high 22 points on seven-of-13 shooting, including five-of-seven from three-point range, and also grabbed seven rebounds. Goodrich shot nine-of-17 from the floor and had a game-tying high 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season. Sophomore forward Christy Griffin(Middlefield/Cardinal) also scored in double digits with 13 points in addition to grabbing 10 boards to complete her first double-double of the season as well.
Hiram will travel to Erie, Pa. for a non-conference game against Penn State-Behrend tomorrow (Wednesday, Dec. 11). The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.