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Women's Basketball drops tough battle to No. 24 DePauw (Ind.), 63-54

Women's Basketball drops tough battle to No. 24 DePauw (Ind.), 63-54

By: Andrew Korba

HIRAM, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team dropped a tough 63-54 home decision to No. 24-ranked DePauw (Ind.) on Sunday afternoon.

The Terriers are no 8-5 on the season and 2-2 in NCAC play, while the Tigers push their record to 10-3 and remain a perfect 4-0 in conference action.

Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) led the Terrier offensive attack with 14 points.

Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Junior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) chipped in with nine points and senior Sarah Berger (Rittman, Ohio/Rittman) and freshman Erica Johnson (Salem, Ohio/West Branch) each had six points.

After DePauw jumped out to an early 10-4 lead, the Terriers were able to counter with seven eight of the next nine points to jump in front 12-11.

The Tigers were able to capture the lead back and led 16-14 after one period of play.

DePauw would open up a 25-17 lead in the second frame, but Hiram would chip away and trailed 31-28 at halftime.

The third period saw the Tigers score the first six points to open a 37-28 edge. But Hiram the Terriers would score the next four points to trim their deficit to 37-32 with 6:55 left in the quarter.

DePauw was able to retain its advantage and led 44-36 through three quarter.

The Tigers would build a 52-41 lead with 6:34 remaining in the game. Hiram was able to pull within seven points in the closing minutes, but would be able to draw any closer.

The Terriers connected on 19-of-52 (36.5 percent) shot attempts, while DePauw was 20-of-45 (44.4 percent).

The Tigers dominated the rebounding battle, pulling down 38, compared to 23 for Hiram.

The Terriers will be back at it on Wednesday, when they conclude their four game homestand with a 6 p.m. contest against Allegheny (Pa.).