Jan. 3 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Terrier women's basketball team found themselves in a defensive struggle against Oberlin College on Wednesday evening, falling to the Yeowomen, 56-52.
It was a tale of two halves for Hiram, who went into the locker room leading by 10. The Terriers held Oberlin to just 33% shooting in the first half, and 24 total points, taking a 34-24 advantage after 20 minutes.
With the game tied at 4-4 in the first quarter, Hiram went on a 12-3 run to open a nine-point advantage (16-7) with 1:33 to play in the frame. Allison Vannoy and Erica Johnson each totaled four points in the run.
The Terriers would continue to hold the Oberlin offense stagnant in the second quarter, running the lead out to as many as ten in the opening half. Senior Jazmine Scott shouldered the offensive workload in the frame, scoring seven of her team-high 12 points in the quarter.
Overall, the Hiram defense was stout in the opening 20 minutes, surrendering just 11 field goals, all from inside the arc, and allowing just four free-throw attempts. Additionally, the Terriers forced eight Yeowomen turnovers in the half, which led to 10 of the team's 34 points.
As good as Hiram's defense was in the opening half, the visitors were able to match the effort in the second.
Oberlin held the Terriers to just 18 second-half points, rallying from 10 down. The Yeowomen retook the lead with just 2:41 to play in regulation on a three-point basket by Alex Stipano. The Terriers were then held to just two points over the final minutes and fell by the four-point margin.
In the second half, Hiram was outscored 32-18, and were held to just six made field goals between the third and fourth quarters.
Senior Allison Vannoy posted her best-career game in the assist department, totaling eight helpers on the night. With that number, she increases her career assists to 338 and is now just 56 shy of tying the Terrier's career mark of 394, currently held by Kelsey Durichko.
Hiram will now be idle for a week before getting back to NCAC action against Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, January 10. The matchup with the Battling Bishops is slated for a 7:30 p.m. start.