By: Andrew Korba
OBERLIN, OHIO -- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell in an overtime thriller at Oberlin on Saturday afternoon by a 76-72 score.
The Terriers fall to 7-17 on the season and 3-12 in the NCAC, while the Yeowomen improve to 13-9, 10-4.
Freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton/Ponitz Career Technology Center) had a team-high 18 points for the Terriers. She also pulled down six rebounds.
Senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea/Columbia) added 16 points and sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk/Perkins) had 10 points and recorded a career-high 15 rebounds. The double-double was the ninth of the season for Yost.
Freshman Allison Vannoy (Mantua/Crestwood) chipped in with a career-high nine points and tied her career-best with eight assists.
Christina Marquette led Oberlin with a game-high 33 points.
A layup from senior Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) followed by a free throw from Vannoy gave Hiram a 63-61 edge with 34 seconds left.
The Yeowomen would tie the game on their next possession and Vannoy's shot was long as time expired, sending the game to overtime.
Oberlin scored the first four points of overtime to build a 67-63 advantage.
Jones would split a pair of free throws, before the Yeowomen made two free throws to push their lead to 69-64 with 2:36 left.
The Terriers would battle back and a layup by freshman Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown/Lake) brought Hiram to within 74-72 with nine seconds left.
The Terriers fouled on the ensuing inbound, but Oberlin sunk both free throws to put the game away.
Hiram opened the game strong and built an early 15-2 lead.
But the Yeowomen would chip away and cut the Terriers lead to 27-22 at the break.
In the second half, Oberlin used a 10-run to jump in front 34-30. The Terriers would continue to battle and scored five straight points to retake the lead, 49-47, with just over eight minutes to play.
Hiram finished the game 24-of-56 (42.9 percent) from the field and were 19-of-28 (67.9 percent). The Yeowomen were 22-of-73 (30.1 percent) in shooting and 26-of-35 (74.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
Oberlin held a 50-39 advantage in rebounding, while the Terriers held a 33-16 edge in bench scoring.
Hiram will return to action on Wednesday, when it hosts Denison in its home finale at 6 p.m. The Terriers will also honor their two seniors before the contest.