By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, OHIO -- Four players scored in double figures to lead the Hiram College women's basketball team past Wooster 81-66 on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers improve to 5-14 on the season and 1-9 in the NCAC, while the Fighting Scots fall to 1-18, 0-10.
Senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea/Columbia) scored 17 points, while dishing out a career-high six assists and pulling down four rebounds.
Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk/Perkins) had 17 points, eight rebounds and a career-high seven steals.
Freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton/Ponitz Career Technology Center) and senior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) had 15 and 13 points, respectively. Both Jones and Koskinen were part of a Hiram bench that outscored the Fighting Scots bench 39-0.
Lauren Hancher led the Wooster attack with 40 points, on 15-of-24 shooting.
A layup by Yost with 14:05 left in the first half sparked a 7-0 run and gave the Terriers an early 17-11 lead.
Hiram would continue to hold the lead until Wooster reeled off a 11-2 run to take a 34-29 advantage late in the first half.
The Terriers would score five of the final six points of the half and trailed 35-34 at intermission.
Hiram scored the first five points of the second half to retake the lead 39-35.
A 3-pointer from Ratliff capped off a 10-0 Terrier run and opened up a 55-41 lead, with just under 13 minutes remaining.
The Terriers would push their lead to as large as 17, at 74-57, on a layup by Yost with 4:33 left to play. Wooster would not get closer than 11 points the rest of the game.
Hiram finished the game 29-of-63 (46.0 percent) from the field and 10-of-25 (40.0 percent) in 3-pointers. The Fighting Scots were 24-of-58 (41.4 percent) in shooting and just 4-of-16 (25.0 percent) from beyond the arc.
Wooster held a slim rebounding edge, 37-36.
Hiram will play next on Saturday, when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan for a 2 p.m. game.