By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team improved to 2-0 on the young season with a dominant 71-42 victory over Thiel (Pa.) in its home opener on Wednesday evening.
Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) led a balanced Hiram attack with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, while pulling down four rebounds.
Off the bench, senior Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) had 10 points, freshman Savana Lowery (Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton) had nine points and senior Rachel Ellis (Newton Falls, Ohio/Newton) added a career-high seven.
The first quarter was tight with the lead changing hands a total of eight times. A jumper from sophomore Allison Vannoy (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) gave Hiram the lead for good at 11-10. Vannoy finished the contest with seven points, five rebounds and five assists.
Hiram held a 13-10 lead after one quarter of play and took control in the second period, outscoring the Tomcats (0-2) 14-4 to take a 27-16 edge into the half.
The Terriers would build a 35-22 lead in the third quarter and closed the period on a 15-5 run to open up a 50-27 lead.
Hiram would score the first nine points of the fourth quarter to put the game away.
The Terriers finished 29-of-58 (50.0 percent) from the field, while the Tomcats were 17-of-59 (28.8 percent). Thiel also struggled from behind the arc, shooting just 4-of-30 (13.3 percent) in 3-pointers.
Hiram also won the rebounding battle 41-32 and scored 22 points off of 17 Thiel turnovers.
The Terriers will play next on Friday at the PSU-Behrend Tipoff. Hiram will take on the host Lions at 6 p.m.