By: Andrew Korba
ERIE, Pa. -- The Hiram College women's basketball team dropped its first contest of the season in overtime by a 70-68 score to Fredonia State (N.Y.) in finals of the Penn State-Behrend Tipoff on Saturday.
The Terriers are now 3-1 on the season, while the Blue Devils improve to 1-1.
Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led four Terriers in double figure scoring with 20 points. She also pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds, for her second double-double of the season.
Junior Kayla Yost (Norwalk, Ohio/Perkins) recorded her first double-double of the season with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
For their efforts, both Jones and Vannoy were named to the All-Tournament team.
Jones sunk a free throw with 2:33 left in the overtime session to knot the score at 67-67.
The Terrier defense would come up with a stop and sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) split a pair of free throws to put Hiram in front 68-67 with 1:45 to go.
Fredonia would jump back in front on a layup on its next possession to take the 69-68 lead. Hiram would be unable to convert on its next possession, but the Blue Devils also came up empty.
Shockley missed a jumper with 15 seconds left, forcing the Terriers to foul. The Blue Devils would split a pair of free throws to hold a 70-68 advantage.
A 3-pointer by Vannoy in the final seconds was no good, giving Fredonia the win.
The first quarter featured four ties and ended with the score tied at 12-12.
Hiram dominated the second period, outscoring the Blue Devils 21-8 to take a 33-20 lead into the break.
Bur Fredonia stormed back in the third, holding a 29-16 advantage in scoring to tie the score at 49-49 heading into the fourth.
Two Yost free throws put the Terriers up 62-57 with 3:51 to go. But Fredoia countered with the next five points to tie the game at 62-62.
Shockley drained a 3-pointer with 2:05 left, but the Blue Devils sunk a three to tie the game back up with 1:14 remaining.
Both teams came up empty on their next possessions.
The Terriers inbounded the ball on the side with 28 seconds left and Yost took a pass and had a clear path to the hoop, but was whistled for stepping on the sideline, giving the ball back to Fredonia. The Blue Devils were unable to covert on their game winning attempt and Vannoy was no good on her attempt, sending the game into the extra session.
Hiram finished 24-of-68 (35.3 percent) from the field, while the Blue Devils finished 27-of-68 (39.7 percent).
Both teams recorded 46 rebounds in the game.
The Terriers will return home and host Westminster (Pa.) in a non-conference contest on Tuesday at 6 p.m.