Posted: Feb 07, 2018
Feb.7- DELAWARE, Ohio- A fourth-quarter surge helped the Hiram women's basketball team collect a 65-62 road win at Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday night.
After tonight's victory Hiram moves to 11-12 overall and 7-7 in the NCAC. OWU drops to 1-21 overall and is now 0-13 in the conference.
Freshman Madison Branch led the Terriers with 17 points, a basket away from a new career-high. Junior Erica Johnson also scored in double-digits, securing a double-double game with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Senior Allison Vannoy added nine points and four rebounds.
The battle of the fourth quarter is where most of the action was showcased. The Terriers entered the final quarter down by five (46-41), but quickly cut the deficit.
Freshman Alainna Conroy opened up the last stanza drilling back-to-back three-pointers to bring Hiram within reach by one (48-47).
A basket from Branch tied the game (50-50) with 7:14 left in the game.
Hiram and OWU went back and forth in scoring until Tashauna Wright made her lone three of the night to tie the game for the final time (56-56) inside the four-minute mark.
It looked to be anybody's game, when OWU's Kayla Richards made a layup with only 47 seconds left, trailing the Terriers by one (62-61).
A foul by the Battling Bishops sent Johnson to the charity stripe, where she missed the first shot but made the second, marking her last basket of the night (63-61).
The Bishops cut the deficit down to one when Richards tallied a shot from the free throw line (63-62).
In a last-minute effort to stop the clock, OWU fouled Branch with 12 seconds remaining where she knocked down two shots from the charity stripe to solidify Hiram's 65-62 victory.
Hiram never took their foot off the gas in the last four minutes outscoring OWU 9-6, an effort shared between Branch and Johnson.
The Terriers started the game off strong outscoring the Battling Bishops 18-14 in the first quarter. Branch and Vannoy had a combined ten points.
Heading into halftime Johnson tallied six of her 12 rebounds, and Amanda Holzman scored four of her six points of the night, helping the Terriers maintain their lead going into the break (31-27).
In the third quarter, the Battling Bishops would take a lead 46-41, holding Hiram to 10 points.
The last half was tight featuring two ties and 10 lead changes, before the Terriers were able to take control in the final minutes for the win.
Hiram held OWU to a 37.1 field goal percentage, and shot over 60 percent from the free throw line, with the Hiram reserves outscoring the Battling Bishops 17-8.
The Terriers will be back on the road Wednesday, February 7 to take on Denison. The matchup with the Big Red is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.