By: Andrew Korba
MARIETTA, Ohio -- Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) was named to the All-Tournament Team as the Hiram College women's basketball team topped Case Western 77-75 to close out play at the Jim Meagle Turkey Shoot hosted by Marietta.
The Terriers are now 5-2 on the season, while the Spartans fall to 1-4.
After posting her third double-double of the season (21 points 11 rebounds) in Hiram's loss on Saturday, Jones added 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting and a perfect 7-of-7 mark from the free throw line.
Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) added a career-high 23 points on 6-of-12 shooting.
Sophomore Allison Vannoy (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) finished with a career-high 14 points with nine assists and eight rebounds.
Shockley converted two free throws with 3:02 remaining in the game to give the Terriers a 67-66 lead.
Hiram would also score the next six points to build a 73-66 lead with 34 seconds to play.
Case Western would not go away and would pull to within 76-75 with three seconds left. The Terriers were fouled on the ensuing possession and Shockley hit her first free throw but missed the second. Hiram was able to grab the rebound and run the clock out.
After trailing 10-7 just two minutes into the game, Hiram would score 13 of the final 15 points to take a 20-12 advantage after the first quarter.
The Spartans stormed back in the second, outscoring the Terriers 20-9 in the frame to take a 32-29 lead into the half.
After Case scored the first hoop of the third quarter, Hiram reeled off six straight points to take a 35-34 edge.
The teams would continue to trade scores, with neither team able to take a lead larger than three points, until Hiram's late run put the game away.
The Terriers finished 23-of-52 (44.2 percent) from the field and 26-of-33 (78.8 percent) from the free throw line. The Spartans were 27-of-68 (39.7 percent) in shooting and just 11-of-18 (61.1 percent) from the charity stripe.
The Terriers won the rebounding battle 43-33.
Hiram will be in action on Wednesday, as they open up NCAC play with a 6 p.m. road contest at Allegheny (Pa.).