February 19, 2013

Women's Basketball Defeated by No. 1 DePauw (Ind.)

GREENCASTLE, IND.  --  The eighth-seeded Hiram College women's basketball team had its season come to an end with a 72-35 loss against top-seeded and No. 1 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in Greencastle, Ind.

Hiram (9-17) struggled early from the floor missing its first 10 shots of the game.  The Terriers finally got on the board at the 12:45 minute mark of the first half on a three-pointer by junior guard-forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville).  DePauw (26-0) took advantage of the Hiram scoring drought with 14 points to quickly take a sizeable lead, 14-3.  The shooting woes continued for Hiram and DePauw took command of the game with a 15-0 scoring run that lasted 4:41 to put the Tigers up, 29-4, with 5:22 left in the half en route to having a 39-11 margin at the break.

DePauw continued to pull away in the second half and went to record its largest lead of the game, 64-20, with 8:09 left to play.  The Tigers went on to win easily with the final score of 72-35 to advance to the tournament semifinals.

DePauw shot 41.8 percent (28-of-67) from the field and was led in scoring by Savannah Trees with a game-high 14 points on six-of-11 shooting (54.5 percent).  Ali Ross and Alex Gasaway rounded out the high scorers for the Tigers with 10 points each.

Hiram finished the game shooting 23.1 percent (12-of-52) overall.  The leading scorers for the Terriers were junior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) and sophomore guard Taylor Ratliff (Berea/Columbia) with seven points each.  Day also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.