Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk/Perkins) recorded her eighth double-double of the season, but the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Wittenberg 56-43 on Friday evening in Price Gym.
The Terriers drop to 6-15 on the season and 2-10 in the NCAC, while the Tigers improve to 16-5, 8-3.
Yost finished the game with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Darbie Zirkle paced Wittenberg with 15 points, eight rebounds and five steals.
Wittenberg jumped out to an early 10-2 lead and pushed its advantage to 18-7.
The Tigers would continue to pull away and built a 30-11 lead. But Hiram would close the half on a 7-1 run and trailed 31-18 at the break.
In the second half, Hiram would cut the deficit to six points, 38-32, on a layup by freshmanKaylee Shockley (Uniontown/Lake).
But the Tigers would push their lead back to 46-36 with 7:23 left to play.
The Terriers would trim the deficit to seven points two more times, but could get no closer. Wittenberg would make six free throws in the final two minutes to put the game out of reach.
Hiram finished the game 18-of-70 (25.7 percent) from the field, while the Tigers were 17-of-50 (34.0 percent).
Hiram won the rebounding battle 53-47, but the Tigers outscored the Terriers 22-2 in points off of turnovers.
Hiram has a quick turnaround and will play again on Saturday, when they host No. 10-ranked DePauw (Ind.) at 2 p.m.