Dec. 12 - HIRAM, Ohio - Led by a career night from junior Bri Burgos, the Hiram College women's basketball team captured their third-straight win, upending Thiel College 78-56 on Tuesday evening.
Burgos led the Terrier effort from her post position, dropping career highs in both total points (18) and rebounds (15). She collected her first-career double-double, and finished with 13 offensive boards.
Burgos' rebound totals helped the Terriers outwork the Tomcats on the boards, 53-26. Hiram collected 27 offensive rebounds on the game (a season high), which led to 22 second-chance points.
Along with Burgos, the Hiram reserves once again came to play, outscoring the Thiel bench 37-4. The game marked the third-straight in which the Terrier reserves accounted for 37 of the team's points. In their three-game winning streak, Hiram's bench is outscoring their opponents 111-35.
Senior Jazmine Scott and freshman Tashauna Wright were once again the dynamic duo of the bench for the hosts. Each scored in double figures for the third-straight time during the winning streak. Scott tallied 14 points, while Wright finished with 12.
The first quarter was a stalemate between the two sides as both the Terriers and the Tomcats had a hard time finding the basket. Hiram held a 14-11 lead after one, with seven points coming from the Terrier bench. Thief's Jess Vormelker carried the load for the Tomcats, scoring nine of the 11 points. She finished with a game-high 25 on the day.
Leading by four (21-17) with 6:14 to play in the half, Hiram closed the first 20 minutes on a 12-4 run to take a 12-point advantage into the break.
Sarah Spehn started the run with a layup, which was followed by a fast-break bucket from freshman Madison Branch. Erica Johnson added a basket of her own, before a jump shot from Brianna Kirk found the bottom of the net to put Hiram up 10.
The run was capped by an offensive rebound and put-back by Spehn, before Johnson tallied her last points of the half. Thiel then added one bucket in the final minute, settling the halftime score at 33-21.
The Tomcats would put together a counter attack in the early stages of the third, knocking down four-straight triples to cut the Terrier lead to just three (38-35) with 6:16 to play in the quarter.
Hiram would once again respond, putting together their biggest run of the game. The Terriers held Thiel to just three points over the final six minutes of the quarter, outscoring the Tomcats 19-3 to take a commanding 19-point lead by quarter's end.
Burgos led the way for the Terriers in the run, scoring eight of the team's first 11 points in the game-changing swing. Following a basket and a pair of free throws from the junior forward, senior Allison Vannoy knocked down a triple.
After a jumper from Scott, Wright finished off the run with a three of her own off an assist from Vannoy to cap the scoring at 57-38.
The Terrier lead would grow to as many as 24 (66-42) on a layup by Burgos in the fourth quarter, before settling on the 22-point difference. Hiram closed the game strong, shooting 50% front he field.
Along with the trio in double figures, the Terriers were also led by an eight-point, eight-rebound performance from Johnson. Vannoy tallied seven points and five assists, while Branch finished with six.
The Terriers assisted on 21 of their 32 made baskets in the game, led by Vannoy's five. One of the conference's assist leaders, Vannoy now has 52 on the season and has moved into second-place on the Terrier career assists list (325).
Hiram will be back in action on Thursday, Dec. 21 as they travel Orange, Calif. to take on Chapman University. The first-ever meeting between the Terriers and Panthers is scheduled for a 10 p.m. start (7 PM PT).