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Women's Hoops Fall to #7 DePauw

Women's Hoops Fall to #7 DePauw
Feb.2-HIRAM, Ohio- Despite a great first quarter showing, the Hiram College women's basketball team ultimately fell, 68-48, Friday night. 
DePauw came into tonight's contest ranked seventh in the country according to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and improved to 20-1 (12-0 NCAC) with the win.
Freshman Madison Branch led the Terriers with 16 points, coming just three points shy of her career high.
Junior Bri Burgos and Amanda Holzman served as offensive support, with Burgos scoring 13 points and Holzman posting 9. Holzman also led the team in rebounding, with six boards.  
Senior Allison Vannoy tallied eight of Hiram's 11 assists on the night, while adding five points and four rebounds.   
The Terriers started the first quarter off strong. Hiram created their largest lead of the night inside the first seven minutes off a jumper by Burgos (15-10). The junior lead the first quarter in scoring on both sides, tallying 9 points in the opening quarter. 
The junior's scoring was not enough to hold on to the lead for Hiram, with the Tigers tying the game (15-15) a minute later of a layup from the DePauw's leading scorer Maya Howard. 
From there, the Tigers maintained the offensive edge, leading 20-17 going into the second quarter. 
The second quarter did not serve as a big scoring stanza for either side, but DePauw's offense managed to push the Terriers' deficit to double-digits inside the two-minute mark (32-22). 
A basket from Vannoy knocked the score back down to eight going into halftime (56-39). Branch led the Terriers with five of the team's seven points in the quarter.  
Coming out of the half, the Terriers looked to cut the deficit, but the Tiger's would once again lock down on the Terriers, holding Hiram to 24 points in the second half. DePauw held a 12-point edge in the second half, ballooning the lead to 20 by game's end. 
Hiram will continue conference action tomorrow afternoon, as they take on the Tigers of Wittenberg University. Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m.
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