GRANVILLE, Ohio – Despite leading by eight after three quarters of action, the Hiram women's basketball team suffered a 72-55 defeat at the hands of Denison University on Wednesday evening.
The fourth quarter proved to be the difference in the game. Hiram entered the final stanza leading the Big Red 50-42. From there, however, Denison put together a 26-0 run to turn an eight-point deficit into an 18-point lead (68-50).
The Terriers managed just five points in the fourth stanza, shooting 1-of-14 from the field. Denison, meanwhile, caught fire in the final frame, connecting on 10-of-12, including all four shots from beyond the arc, to outscore Hiram 30-5 and secure the win.
The game wasn't all in Denison's favor, as the Terriers found themselves knotted at 15-15 following the first stanza. Getting her first start of the season, senior Jazmine Scott opened the game with five points in the first quarter to help pace Hiram.
The two sides would continue back-and-forth in the second quarter, before five-straight points from freshman Alainna Conroy pushed the Terrier lead to 24-20. The lead would grow to as many as six on a jumper by Erica Johnson, before Denison closed the gap back to two at the break (28-26).
The Terriers would have their biggest frame in the third quarter as Hiram outscored the Big Red 22-16 to take the eight-point lead into the fourth.
Hiram shot well in the third stanza, getting eight points in the frame from Conroy, who finished with a game-high 15. She went 3-of-3 from the field and connected on both of her three-point attempts.
Trailing Denison 42-40 with 2:21 left in the third, Hiram would close the frame on a 10-0 swing, including baskets from Conroy, Johnson and Vannoy, as well as free throws from Tashauna Wright. The lead, however, would hold only through the first minute and a half of the fourth, before the Terriers fell victim to the 26-point run.
Offensively, Conroy paced Hiram, shooting 50% from the field throughout the game. Vannoy finished with 10 points to go along with seven rebounds and six assists. With her numbers, she officially tied the Hiram career assist record of 394, currently held by Kelsey Durichko.
Other leaders for the Terriers included Erica Johnson and Madison Branch. Johnson finished with six points and nine rebounds, while Branch added six of her own. Wright and Scott each added five points.
Hiram will finish off the 2017-18 regular season as they play host to Kenyon College. The matchup with the Ladies, which will also serve as Hiram's senior day, is scheduled for 2 p.m.