Dec.6-HIRAM, Ohio- Freshman Tashauna Wright posted her first career 20-point game to help the Hiram women's basketball team cement their first conference win against Wooster, Wednesday night.
The Terriers shot 70 percent from three-point range, outrebounded the Fighting Scots 42-36, and forced 29 turnovers.
With Hiram holding a two-point advantage (11-9) the Terriers went on their first run of the evening, outscoring Wooster 15-6 to open their first double-digit lead of the game (26-15).
The deep ball helped the Terriers in the run, as senior Allison Vannoy knocked down a three before Wright connected on back-to-back triples to force a Wooster timeout.
Senior Jazmine Scott and junior Bri Burgos both added a basket, helping Hiram wrap up the first quarter with a ten-point advantage.
The Terriers maintained the lead for most of the second quarter as a steal and fast-break "and one" by Wright kept the Hiram lead at eight (38-30) with 4:07 remaining in the half.
Wooster responded in the final four minutes, outscoring Hiram 11-3 to pull the game even at the break.
The Fighting Scots would take their first lead of the game on their first shot of the third quarter (43-41). Hiram would respond, however, with a 12-3 run to reclaim a seven-point lead (53-46) with 4:50 remaining in the quarter.
In a fight to reclaim the lead, the Terriers locked down defensively inside the three-minute mark of the third quarter. The next ten minutes, Hiram created their largest lead of the night, outscoring Wooster 18-2.
The Terrier bench would once again prove the key as Scott and Wright combined for 16 of the 18 Terrier points in the run, pushing the lead to 19 (71-52). The Fighting Scots tried to recover but could not, cementing the 75-63 Hiram victory.
The Hiram reserves were the key to the game as the Terriers outscored Wooster 37-15 in bench points. Wright tallied a career-high 20 points while also adding a team-high five steals and four rebounds.
Scott also played well of the Terrier bench, tallying 13 points and three rebounds on the day.
The Terrier defense stifled the Scots throughout the game as Hiram forced 29 Wooster turnovers, collecting 18 steals. Along with Wright's five, Johnson added four, while Vannoy finished with three.
One of the senior leaders for the Terriers, Vannoy did it all in the game, adding 15 points, seven assists and five rebounds to her totals. The senior guard now has 44 assists on the season, which ranks first in the conference.
Next, the Terriers will take on Allegheny on Saturday, December 9th. The matchup is scheduled for a 3 pm start in Price Gymnasium.