The Hiram College women’s basketball team ended a seven-game losing streak and claimed its first North Coast Athletic Conference victory of the season with a 60-59 defeat of The College of Wooster in Wooster.
Wooster (6-12, 1-9 NCAC) began the game with six straight points to take the early lead. Hiram (5-13, 1-8 NCAC) then rattled off seven unanswered points that ended in a pair of free-throws by freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) to give the Terriers a 7-6 margin at the 12:48 minute mark of the first half. Hiram later extended its lead to eight points, 18-10, as part of a 7-0 scoring run capped by two free-throws by senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) with 7:26 left in the period. The Fighting Scots pulled to within three points twice in the latter half of the period, but Hiram would take a six-point advantage, 28-22, into the locker rooms.
Hiram opened the second half outscoring Wooster, 11-7, to post a 10-point margin, 39-29, with 14:26 to go following a layup by Day. Wooster responded with an 8-0 run to make it a one-possession game, 39-37, with just over 12 minutes remaining. The Scots later took the lead at the 8:14 mark and the two teams traded leads the rest of the way. Hiram led by a basket, 59-57 with 29 seconds to go thanks to one-of-two free-throws by junior guard Taylor Ratliff (Berea/Columbia). Wooster evened the score on its ensuing possession with a pair of free-throws of its own, but a foul by the Scots with seven seconds to go, sent Hiram to the free-throw line with a chance to pull ahead. Sophomore forward Christy Griffin(Middlefield/Cardinal) connected on one-of-two attempts to give the Terriers the lead. Wooster had one final attempt at tying or winning the game, but the Scot shot attempt missed its mark and Hiram went on to claim the one-point victory.
Wooster shot 28.3 percent (17-of-60) from the floor and was led in scoring by Karly Walker with a game-high 22 points to go along with a team-high seven rebounds. Lauren Hancher was the only other Scot player in double figures with 19 points.
Hiram shot 42.2 percent (19-of-45) for the game and was led by Day who recorded her third double-double of the season, setting a career-high in points scored also for the third time this year with 21 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent). She also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The Terriers had one other player score in double digits in Goodrich who ended the game with 12 points.
Hiram will host Ohio Wesleyan University in a NCAC game on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.