Posted: Jan 26, 2019
Jan.26-DELAWARE, Ohio- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell 68-59 against Ohio Wesleyan, Saturday afternoon.
The first six minutes of the opening half was a silent one for the Terriers with the host going on an 8-0 run before senior Erica Johnson scored the first Hiram basket.
The Bishops would continue to hold the scoring momentum through the rest of the quarter, growing their advantage to 17-9 at the end of the first.
The Ohio Wesleyan lead grew to as many as 12 points in the second frame (23-11) with 8:48 to play in the half. However, Hiram fell into an offensive rhythm cutting the host advantage to 25-25 off a 14-2 run. Sophomore guard Tashauna Wright lead the offensive swing with five points while freshman Josie Earnhardt tallied four, freshman Gabriella Dukarm knocked down a three, and sophomore Amanda Holzman added two.
Terriers grabbed their first lead of the afternoon off a basket from Holzman (27-25) with 2:11 before the break.
At the half, Hiram led by one (30-29), shooting 100 percent from the free throw line, forcing eight turnovers, and totaling six steals.
Ohio Wesleyan opened the third quarter with a pair of baskets to take back the lead (33-30).
From there, the Terriers knotted the score with Wright making a layup and then a shot from the charity stripe (37-37).
The Battling Bishops would use an 8-2 swing to take back the lead (45-39), but Hiram's offense kicked in, evening the score at 47-47.
Inside the one-minute mark, the hosts tallied one last basket to retake the 49-47 advantage at the end of three.
In the fourth quarter, Hiram kicked off the frame with sophomore Alainna Conroy tying the game 49-49 from the free throw line.
In response, Ohio Wesleyan would use one last offensive swing to swell their lead to as many as 10 (68-58).
In the remaining minute, Wright would take one last shot from the charity stripe before the Bishops would cement their 68-59 victory.
Offensively, Wright and Conroy led the Hiram offense posting double figures. Wright finished the afternoon with 20 points, seven rebounds, and two assists. Conroy added 15 points and an assist.
Hiram will be back in action Friday, February 1 as they travel to Springfield, Ohio to take on the Tigers of Wittenberg. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.