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Terrier Women's Basketball Looks to Climb Conference Ladder in 2016-17

Terrier Women's Basketball Looks to Climb Conference Ladder in 2016-17

Nov. 11 – HIRAM, Ohio - The Hiram women's basketball team will look to continue their upward trajectory after a 2015-16 campaign that saw the team post the most wins (12) and conference victories (6) since joining the North Coast Athletic Conference in 1999-2000.

In her second season at the helm of the Terriers, head coach Emily Hays led Hiram to a five-game improvement, which included a three-win increase in conference play.

The 2016-17 version of the Terriers will look to build upon last season's experiences as they return all seven of their top scorers to the team, including NCAC Second-Team selection, junior Mercedes Jones. The junior center had a breakout year during her sophomore campaign, averaging 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per night.

In 2015-16, Jones ranked fifth in the NCAC in points per game while also sitting in the top ten in rebounds per contest. She finished the year with five double-doubles, helping the Terriers rank sixth in the conference in rebounding margin.

The frontcourt for the Terriers also sees the return of senior Kayla Yost, as well as sophomores Erica Johnson and Savana Lowery.

Yost returns to the floor after missing two-thirds of the 2015-16 season due to injury. Prior to being sidelined, Yost was averaging 11.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per night. In her previous season as a sophomore, she posted a career-high 13.2 points per game while also totaling 8.5 rebounds.

Lowery returns to the floor for her second

season after averaging 5.0 points per game on over 40% shooting. Johnson, meanwhile, ranked second on the team in rebounds per contest (5.1).

Additionally, the Terrier front court will be bolstered by the presence of sophomore Bri Burgos, as well as incoming freshmen, Tayler Hall, Sarah Spehn and Mary Bradley.

The backcourt tandem of juniors Kaylee Shockley and Allison Vannoy will continue the solid backcourt play that the Terriers saw last season. Both players appeared in all 26 games last year, with Vannoy starting in all 26 and Shockley, 25.

Shockley earned her first All-NCAC honor in 2015-16, garnering Honorable Mention distinction. She finished the season ranked third on the team in points per game (10.8) while playing in a team-high 35 minutes per contest. She eclipsed double-digit scoring 12 times, which included breaking the 20-point plateau on three occasions.

Vannoy spent the majority of her freshman season at the point guard position, leading the NCAC in assists per game (4.1). Her 106 total assists on the season were also the sixth most in program history. Also a valuable scoring option, Vannoy averaged 8.2 points per game, scoring in double figures 12 times on the year.

Senior Dana Perrotta will look to add additional depth to the backcourt, which also sees a host of fresh faces, including freshmen Logan Nitsche, Clover Kaple and Brianna Kirk.

The Terriers will kick off their 2016-17 season on Saturday, November 12, as they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to take on Mount St. Joseph University in the third-annual Lauren Hill Classic, hosted by Xavier University.

Hiram will play their first home game on Wednesday, November 16, when they host Westminster College in non-conference action. They will then open NCAC action against Oberlin College on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 2:00 p.m. in Price Gymnasium.  

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