Jan.27- MEADVILLE, Pa.- The Hiram College women's basketball team looked to rewrite history coming just shy of breaking records in their 75-66 victory over Allegheny, Saturday afternoon.
Securing the win over the Gators pushed Hiram to 10-10 overall, and 6-5 in conference play. While Allegheny now falls to 5-13 overall, and 2-8 in the NCAC.
Junior Erica Johnson led the way again this week, tallying her fifth double-double of the season, with 13 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. Johnson's 21 rebounds came just a few boards shy of the single-game record of 27, held by Kathy Kilbert against Mount Union in 1982.
Johnson was not the only Terrier looking to rewrite history Saturday afternoon as senior Allison Vannoy helped her way to a career-high 10 assists to go along with six points. The senior guard was just four assists away from tying the single-game record of 14 set by Julie Paolano versus Lake Erie in 1996.
Offensively, the freshmen pair Amanda Holzman and Madison Branch made big contributions as two of the three Terriers to score in double figures. Holzman added a career-high 12 points and seven rebounds, while Branch totaled 10 points and three steals.
In the victory over Allegheny, the Terriers shot over 65 percent from the free-throw line, forced 21 turnovers, and the Hiram reserves outscored the Gators 28-20.
The Terriers took the lead early in the game, securing a seven-point advantage in the opening quarter (15-8).
Despite the Gators outscoring Hiram 20-18 in the second quarter, the Terriers still maintained the lead going into halftime (33-28).
Coming out of the break, junior Bri Burgos opened up the third quarter with a basket to push the lead back up to seven (35-28).
Offensively, the third quarter featured balanced scoring from the Hiram starters, but Allegheny continued to outscore the Terriers 21-20 in the stanza.
With Hiram leading the game by four heading into the fourth quarter (53-49), the Gators still looked to trim deficit, eventually getting it down to one point (56-55), with 7:27 left in the game. However, the Terrier offense did not back down rattling off 19 points in the remaining minutes to finish the game 75-66. Holzman and freshman Alainna Conroy finished with a combined 14 of the 22 points in the fourth frame.
The Terriers will be back in action on Friday, February 2 when they take on NCAC-leading DePauw. The conference matchup with the Tigers is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.