By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team put together a late rally, but it was not enough as the Terriers fell to Denison 54-45 on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers fall to 10-7 on the season and 4-4 in NCAC play, while the Big Red push their record to 14-3 overall and remain atop the league at 7-1.
Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led Hiram with 17 points.
Hiram trailed by as much as 16 points early in the fourth quarter.
The Terriers would chip away and back-to-back 3-pointers by Perrotta and Lowery brought Hiram to within 10 points, at 46-36, with just under four minutes to play.
The teams would trade empty possessions before a jumper by Perrotta cut the deficit to 48-40 with 2:55 to go.
Denison would score on its next possession but Jones answered with a basket to make the score 50-42 in favor of the Big Red with 1:34 to go.
Hiram would be able to get no closer and Denison went a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to ice the victory.
The Big Red would hold a 10-7 lead after the first quarter and outscored Hiram 14-6 in the second to build a 24-13 halftime lead.
Denison would continue to expand its lead, holding a 38-24 edge through three periods.
The Terriers finished the game 17-of-58 (29.3 percent) from the field, while the Big Red were 20-of-53 (37.7 percent).
Denison won the rebounding battle 51-27. Hiram was able to force the Big Red into 23 turnovers, turning it into 16 points.
Jordan Holmes paced Denison with 22 points, 19 rebounds and six blocked shots.
Hiram will look to rebound on Saturday, as they host Kenyon at 1 p.m.