Nov. 21 - OBERLIN, Ohio - The Hiram College women's basketball team dropped a 57-52 decision in the North Coast Athletic Conference opener to Oberlin College on Tuesday evening.
The Terriers opened the game on an 8-2 run thanks to back-to-back three-point baskets from senior Allison Vannoy.
The Yeowomen responded with a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to take a four-point lead (12-8) with 3:24 to play in the quarter.
Hiram would continue the back-and-forth, scoring the final eight points of the frame to take a four-point lead into the second. Amanda Holzman and Alainna Conroy each tallied baskets in the run, while Vannoy posted her eighth point of the quarter.
The Terriers held the Yeowomen to just 14 points in the second quarter taking a 29-26 advantage into the break.
Hiram locked down defensively in the opening 20 minutes, holding Oberlin to just 34% shooting and 11 made field goals.
The hosts responded in the third quarter, holding Hiram to nine points while outscoring the Terriers 20-9 in the frame. Oberlin used the charity stripe to their advantage, converting on 8-of-8 from the free-throw line in the frame to take a 46-38 lead into the fourth.
The Yeowomen lead would grow to as many 13 with 3:21 to play in the fourth quarter (55-42).
Hiram would make one final push in the final three minutes, posting a 10-2 run to cut the lead to five (57-52), but would ultimately fall short of the comeback.
The biggest difference in the game came in both fouls and points at the free-throw line. The Terriers committed 18 fouls opposed to Oberlin's nine and were outscored 17-4 at the charity stripe.
For the fifth-straight game, Vannoy led the way for the Terriers. The senior scored 16 points while adding seven points and seven rebounds. Junior Erica Johnson played all 40 minutes, totaling seven points and 10 rebounds.
Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, Nov. 25, as they travel to Waynesburg, Pa. to take on the Yellow Jackets of Waynesburg University. The matchup is scheduled for 2 p.m.