Nov. 16 – HIRAM, Ohio – Led by a career-high seven steals from junior guard Kaylee Shockley, the Hiram College women's basketball team used a solid defensive effort to upend Westminster College, 75-66, on Wednesday evening.
From the beginning of the first quarter, the Terriers pressured the Titans all over the court, forcing 18 turnovers in the first 20 minutes. Hiram would collect 11 points off turnovers and six fast-break points in the opening quarter to take a 14-8 advantage after one.
With the game tied 8-8, Hiram would close the first quarter on a 6-0 run, including four points from senior Kayla Yost. The senior would hit the first of her two buzzer beaters when she swiped the ball and took it coast-to-coast for the layup to end the frame.
The Terrier run would spill over into the second quarter as Hiram continued to pull away. Overall between the two quarters, the hosts used a what proved to be a 17-4 run to take a 13-point advantage with 5:17 to play in the half.
The quarter would start with more solid defense from Hiram as junior Jazmine Scott came up with a steal and a fast-break bucket. The guard would total seven points in the run, including a three-point bucket that put the Terriers up double digits.
A steal and fast-break layup by Shockley would extend the advantage to its largest of the half at 15 (31-16) before the Titans cut the advantage to 33-23 in the late stages.
Hiram would finish off the half with another buzzer beater from Yost. A Scott steal with just three seconds left set up Yost with a deep attempt from the wing. She buried the triple, giving the Terriers the 36-23 lead at the break.
The Terriers held the Titans to just eight made field goals throughout the first 20 minutes, forcing 18 turnovers while swiping 13 steals.
The second half saw the visitors chip away at the Terrier lead. Westminster outscored Hiram 23-18 in the frame, cutting Hiram's lead to eight with one quarter to play.
An 8-3 run by Westminster in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter pulled the score to the closest it would be in the game, 59-54, with 6:33 remaining. However, a pair of free throws by Yost, and another steal and fast-break score by Allison Vannoy, pushed the advantage back to nine (63-54) with just over four to play.
Shockley would help the Terriers put the game away in the late stages, registering three of her seven steals in the final two minutes of the game. Her first led to another fast-break advantage for the Terriers, while her final steal put the game on ice with 17 seconds to play.
Overall, Hiram dominated the running game, outscoring Westminster 16-0 in fast-break offense, while holding a distinct 37-13 edge in points off of turnovers.
The Terriers posted 20 total steals, led by the career best from Shockley. Scott also notched four steals, while Yost and Vannoy added two, apiece.
In their three-game winning streak to open the season, the Terriers have been ferocious on defense, averaging 15.6 steals per game, while forcing their opponents into committing an average of 24.6 turnovers per contest.
The Hiram reserves, who had outscored their opponents 59-23 through the first two games, once again came through. The Terriers held a 38-23 edge in bench points, led by 14 from Yost. The senior finished with a double-double adding 12 rebounds to her totals. Scott also finished in double digits with 12, while Clover Kaple and Sarah Spehn added six, each.
Shockley led all scorers in the outing with 15 points, while shooting 5-of-9 from the field. She also added seven steals and three rebounds. Vannoy was the other Terrier in double figures (13), while Dana Perrotta finished with five points and three assists.
The Terriers, who have opened the season 3-0 for the second-consecutive year, will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 19. Hiram will open North Coast Athletic Conference play at Price Gymnasium as they square off against Oberlin College at 2 p.m.