Despite erasing a 19-point, second-half deficit, the Hiram College women's basketball team dropped a 58-55 decision to Oberlin College on Saturday afternoon in Price Gymnasium.
The Yeowomen opened the game, using a 9-3 run in the opening three minutes. Playing from behind for the majority of the frame, the Terriers still were able to keep things close. A three by Josie Earnhardt was the final bucket of the quarter, pulling Hiram within on, 16-15.
Despite shooting just 33% in the frame, Hiram stayed in the game thanks to a trio of triples, including a pair by sophomore Alainna Conrory. Conroy led the way for the Terriers in the first half, totaling eight points and hitting all three shots from the floor.
The second quarter was controlled by the visitors as the Yeowomen held Hiram to just three made baskets while shooting 8-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-6 from outside. Oberlin outscored the Terriers 22-10 in the second frame, running out to a 13-point lead at the break (38-25).
Trailing 46-27 with just six minutes to play in the third quarter, the Terriers showed their toughness. Over the final six minutes of the quarter, Hiram held the Yeowomen without a made basket, drastically closing the gap before the end of the frame.
Hiram put together a 17-0 run to pull within a bucket by the conclusion of the third. Tashauna Wright and Conroy posted the first eight points of the run, before Earnhardt knocked down another triple to pull the Terriers within single digits (46-38). Following another basket by Wright, Earnhardt finished a fast break with a layup. Erica Johnson finished the run, knocking down a pair of free throws to pull the score to 46-44.
In the fourth quarter, the Terriers finished the comeback, knotting the score at 52-52 on a layup by Wright with 5:19 to play. Hiram would be held to just one basket from the field over the remainder of the game, however, and fell by three, 58-55.
Offensively, the Terriers saw four players score in double digits for the second-consecutive game. Wright finished with a team-best 15, while Conroy totaled 12. Earnhardt posted double digits off the bench with 11, while Madison Branch added 10.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, January 16, as they travel to Gambier to take on Kenyon College. The matchup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.