By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team suffered a 59-56 setback to Muskingum in its final non-conference clash of the season on Monday night.
The Terriers fall to 7-4 on the season, while the Fighting Muskies improve to 3-7.
Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) led three Terriers in double figures with 19 points, going 6-of-11 from the field.
Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) registered her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Junior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) added 10 points off the bench.
Muskingum jumped out to a early 5-0 lead, before Hiram countered with the next seven points to take a 7-5 lead.
The Fighting Muskies answered with a 8-0 run to retake the lead at 13-7. But the Terriers scored the final eight points of the opening frame to take a 15-13 lead after one quarter of play.
Muskingum used a 8-0 run to open up a 26-19 lead with 6:46 remaining in the second period. The Fighting Muskies would hold a 36-29 lead at the intermission.
In the third quarter, the Fighting Muskies scored the first five points to take their largest lead of the game at 41-29.
Hiram would answer right back with 10 straight points and would trail 51-48 through three quarters.
The Terriers would jump in front 56-55 with 2:57 left to play in the game, on a Shockley free throw.
Muskingum answered on its next possession with a basket from Jasmine Goings to retake the lead, 57-56, with 2:44 remaining.
Neither team would be able register any more points until Hiram was forced to foul with nine seconds left. Olivia Besancon knocked down a pair of free throws to give the Fighting Muskies a 59-56 edge.
The Terriers looked to force an extra session and got off a 3-point attempt from freshman Savana Lowery (Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton) in the closing seconds that was no good, giving Muskingum the win.
Hiram finished the contest going 19-of-52 (36.5 percent) from the field and 15-of-23 (65.2 percent) in free throws. Muskingum was 15-of-51 (29.4 percent) in shooting and went an impressive 25-of-27 (92.6 percent) in free throws.
The Fighting Muskies held a slim 40-36 edge in rebounding.
The Terriers will return to action on January 2, as they host Wittenberg in a NCAC contest that begins at 3 p.m.