By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell to the Oberlin Yeowomen in their conference opener by a final score of 56-52 on Saturday afternoon.
With their first loss of the season, Hiram stands at 3-1 (0-1 NCAC), while the Yeowomen are now 1-1 (1-0 NCAC).
Hiram got out in front of Oberlin in the first quarter, outscoring the Yeowomen 22-17. The Terriers were up by two points (17-15) with 1:03 left, before a jumper by Jazmine Scott and a three-pointer by Clover Kaple increased Hiram's lead to five.
Oberlin came back in the second quarter. The Yeowomen trailed Hiram by one (28-27) before Oberlin's Tyler Parlor and Abby Andrews both fired jumpers in the remaining time to take a 31-28 advantage. Kayla Yost also added two-pointer, makng the score 31-30 in favor of Oberlin at the half.
The score remained tight in the start of the second half, with neither team leading by more than five points. With 56 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Oberlin was leading 39-37. Parlor sank another jumpshot with eight seconds left to increase the Yeowomen lead to four going into the final ten minutes.
Oberlin continued their momentum in the fourth, outscoring the Terriers 9-4 to take their largest lead of the game (50-41). The Terriers fought back to make the score 53-51, but a layup and last-second free throw by Olivia Canning secured the win for the Yeowomen.
Despite a lower field goal percentage, The Terriers held a 13-point advantage beyond the arc and a 12-point advantage in free throws. Hiram also took advantage of the Yeowomen turnovers, tacking on 14 points over the course of the game.
Yost was the top offensive performer for Hiram, coming just one rebound shy of a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds. Kaple was also a standout, recording 12 points, while Scott and Kaylee Shockley each followed with seven.
The Terriers play next on Saturday, November 26th when they host Franciscan at 6 p.m.