HIRAM, OHIO -- The Hiram College women's basketball team held on to beat The College of Wooster, 64-53, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium ending a four-game losing streak.
Wooster (6-8, 1-4 NCAC) scored the game's first points on a three-pointer at the 19:42 minute mark, but would not record another field goal until 2:06 left in the opening period. The only other scoring from the Fighting Scots during the scoring drought came at the free-throw line. Hiram (6-9, 1-5 NCAC) took advantage of the offensive struggles and quickly took control of the game building a double-digit margin as part of a 9-0 scoring run that lasted 4:13 and ended in a pair of free-throws by sophomore forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) making the score 17-4 at the 12:11 mark. The Terriers maintained their double-figure margin the rest of the period and led by as many as 22 points on two occassions in route to posting a 38-18 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Wooster chipped away at the Hiram lead and found itself down by just nine points, 51-42, with 6:25 left in the game thanks to a series of scoring runs. Hiram extended the lead back to a more comfortable 14 points with an ensuing 5-0 run of its own with all points coming at the charity stripe resulting in a 56-42 score with 5:09 to go. The Scots made one final push late getting to within eight points, 61-53, with under 30 seconds in the game. Hiram tacked on three more free-throws in the final seconds to seal a 64-53 victory.
Wooster shot 26.5 percent (13-of-49) as a team and was led in scoring by Maura Hall with 16 points, including shooting a perfect 12-of-12 at the free-throw line, and also grabbed eight rebounds. Rounding out the high scorers for the Scots was Jessica Wingen with 15 points to go along with a game-tying high nine rebounds.
Hiram finished the game shooting 36.0 percent (18-of-50) from the floor and had three players score in double-figures. Junior guard Alexis Kemper (Centerville) led the way with a game-high 17 points on six-of-eight shooting, including a perfect four-of-four from behind the three-point line. Morford was second in scoring with 11 points, followed by senior guard Calysia Smyers with 10 points. In addition, junior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) grabbed a game-tying high nine boards to go along with a game-high six assists.
Hiram will travel to Gambier for a NCAC matchup against Kenyon College on Saturday, Jan. 12. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.