Nov. 26 – HIRAM, Ohio – Using their best defensive effort of the season, the Hiram College women's basketball team improved their record to 4-1, defeating Franciscan University by a final of 64-31 on Saturday afternoon.
The 31 points given up by the Terriers marks the lowest opponent scoring output allowed by Hiram since the team surrendered just 23 points to Lake Erie during the 2004-05 season.
The Terriers opened the game on an 11-4 run over the first five minutes of the quarter. After Franciscan tallied the first two buckets, Hiram embarked on an 11-0 swing, fueled by four steals, including a pair by Kaylee Shockley. Allison Vannoy capped the run with a three-point bucket, giving Hiram a seven-point cushion.
Holding the Barons to just six points in the first 10 minutes, the Terriers continued their run in the second frame, extending the lead to 16 points on a jumper by Savana Lowrey. The first half would conclude with Hiram pushing their advantage to the largest of the half, 19 points (33-14), on a layup by Lowery.
Hiram held Franciscan to .167 shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes, including just 1-of-10 in the second quarter. The Terriers stifled the Barons to the tune of 12 turnovers, while registering seven steals. Hiram also held a 25-17 advantage on the boards.
The first six minutes of the second stanza put the game out of reach for the Terriers, as the hosts opened the half on a 14-0 run to balloon the lead to 47-14 with 4:00 to play. Hiram tallied three fast-break buckets in the run, forcing six Baron turnovers along the way.
The advantage would remain at 33 points the rest of the way, with Hiram posting the 64-31 victory. Defense won the game for the Terriers as Hiram held their opponent to 22% shooting from the field (11-of-50).
The Terriers, which came into the game ranked first in the NCAC in steals per game (14.75) established a new season high, registering 21 pilfers while forcing 28 Franciscan turnovers. Hiram finished the game with 19 points off turnovers, while registering 22 fast-break points.
Individually, 11 different players scored in the contest, with six Terriers posting six points or more. Shockley led the team with 10 points, and was followed by nine from Mercedes Jones and eight by Kayla Yost. Jazmine Scott, Clover Kaple and Lowery all finished with six, each.
The defensive effort was also done by committee, with eight different players swiping at least two in the matchup. Shockley once again led the way with four, giving her a conference-leading 22 in five games.
Hiram, who has now opened a season 4-1 for the second-consecutive year, will look to continue their hot streak when they travel to Muskingum University on Tuesday, November 29. The matchup with the Muskies is scheduled for 7 PM.