The Terrier women's basketball team never trailed on Tuesday evening, taking a wire-to-wire victory over Waynesburg University, 83-72, in Price Gymnasium.
In the opening quarter, it was all Paris Thompson as the junior scored 13 of Hiram's first 15 points of the game. Thompson started the game with an old-fashioned three-point play before knocking down five-straight jump shots. She finished the opening half shooting 7-of-8 from the field, totaling a career-best 17 points in 13 minutes.
The Yellow Jackets kept the score close in the opening quarter, knocking down seven of their 10 shots to hold the Terrier lead at six (22-16) following the first 10 minutes.
Waynesburg tallied the first basket of the second quarter before the Terriers put together a 16-7 run to open the first-half lead to 13 (38-25). Five different players scored a basket in the run, led by five from Madison Branch.
Hiram would push the advantage to the largest of the half (45-26) on a tip-in by Cici Bright with 1:46 to play in the frame, and the Terriers would lead by 16 at the break.
The hosts would control nearly every facet of the opening half, totaling seven steals and forcing 11 Yellow Jacket turnovers. Hiram also posted 26 points in the paint and tallied near as many offensive boards (13) as Waynesburg had total (15).
In the second half, the Terriers would push the lead to as many as 23 points (62-39) on a basket by sophomore MicKayla Baldwin. The Hiram sophomore finished the game with a career-high eight points. Hiram outscored the Yellow Jackets 21-19 in the third.
Waynesburg would close the gap in the fourth quarter, but the lead was never in danger as the Yellow Jackets got just as close as nine (79-70) with under a minute to play. The Terriers would knock down 4-of-6 from the stripe in the final minute to seal the double-digit victory.
Despite playing just 20 minutes, Thompson finished the game with a career-best 19 points. She also added nine boards, coming just one shy of a double-double. Sophomore Tashauna Wright totaled 14 points and four assists, while Madison Branch finished with 13 and four.
Hiram continues their six-game home stand on Thursday afternoon with a non-conference tilt against Westminster. The matchup with the Titans is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.