Posted: Feb 19, 2019
Feb.19-GRANVILLE, Ohio- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell 82-53 at the hands of Denison forcing their season to close in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday night.
The Terriers, who entered the game seeded seventh in the conference, finished their season 10-16 overall and 4-12 in conference.
Sophomore Tashauna Wright led Hiram with 17 points, also pulling down five rebounds. Wright paced the Terrier group and the conference this season averaging 16.5 points per game.
Sophomore Madison Branch added eight points, two rebounds, and two assists.
Lone senior Erica Johnson finished her last career game cementing a fourth-place spot on Hiram's career rebound list with 738 boards. Johnson led the conference this season with nine rebounds a game.
The Big Red was able to grab the lead early, outscoring Hiram in double-digits (19-9) with 2:39 in the first quarter, Denison ended the first frame leading 25-13.
The host would maintain the scoring momentum opening up the second quarter with a three (28-13) from Alison Schafer.
Denison grew their lead to as much as 19 (44-25) in the second stanza before Wright hit a basket to cut the Big Red advantage to 44-27 before the break.
Hiram combined for 28 points between the second and third stanza, getting 10 points in the frame from Wright.
Off a Wright jump shot Hiram would trim the Denison lead to 17 (46-29) with 9:24 in the third quarter.
From there the Big Red's advantage would swell to as large as 31 (82-51) in the fourth quarter, before freshman Gabriella Dukarm posted the last Terrier layup ending the game 82-53.
Hiram finished 22-of-64 (34.4 percent) from the field, while Denison was 32-of-59 (54.2 percent).
The Terriers forced 18 turnovers and turned them into 14 points. The Big Red would go on to win the rebounding battle 45-29.