By: Andrew Korba
SPRINGFIELD, OHIO -- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell at Wittenberg in a NCAC road contests by a 71-51 score on Friday evening.
The Terriers are now 4-8 on the season and 0-3 in the NCAC, while the Tigers improve to 10-3, 2-1.
Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk/Perkins) just missed her sixth straight double-double, finishing with a team-high 11 points and nine rebounds. She also had three assists in the game.
Darbie Zirkle and Erni Small led Wittenberg with 20 and 19 points, respectively.
The Tigers used strong shooting to build an early 18-4 advantage.
Wittenberg would expand its lead to 34-14. But Hiram would respond with a 9-2 run to get within 36-23, late in the first half.
Two free throws from Small in the closing moments gave the Tigers a 38-23 lead at the break.
Back-to-back 3-pointers from freshman Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown/Lake) and Koskinen pulled the Terriers to within 40-33 with 15:01 remaining in the game.
But Wittenberg scored the next 11 points and never looked back to grab the win.
Hiram finished the game 17-of-61 (26.6 percent) from the field, while the Tigers were 27-of-60 (45.0 percent).
The Tigers held a 51-37 edge in rebounding and 24-14 advantage in points off of turnovers.
Hiram will have a quick turnaround and will play again on Saturday, when it continues its seven-game road swing at No. 15 and NCAC leader DePauw (Ind.) at 2 p.m.