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Dominant second quarter leads Women's Basketball past Ohio Wesleyan 77-62

Dominant second quarter leads Women's Basketball past Ohio Wesleyan 77-62

By: Andrew Korba

DELAWARE, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team outscored Ohio Wesleyan 22-9 in the second quarter en route to a 77-62 road victory on Wednesday evening.

With the win, the Terriers move to 10-6 on the season and 4-3 in the NCAC, while the Battling Bishops fall to 3-12, 2-4.

Sophomore Kaylee Shockley (Uniontown, Ohio/Lake) scored a game-high 20 points, while finishing with five assists and four rebounds.

Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) finished a rebound shy of a double-double, registering 19 points and nine boards.

Off the bench, senior Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland, Ohio/West Geauga) had 10 points and junior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) chipped in with eight.

Leading 18-16 after one quarter, Hiram scored the first nine points of the second to build a 27-16 lead and set the tone for the period.

OWU would trim the Terrier lead to 31-23.

But Hiram came right back with a 9-2 run to close out the half and take a 40-25 advantage into the break.

The Terriers would open a 20-point lead, their largest of the game, three times in the third quarter and led 56-41 after three quarters.

In the fourth, the Battling Bishops would cut Hiram's lead to 11 points at 61-50 with 6:24 to play. Vannoy would drain a free throw and following a defensive stop, freshman Savana Lowery (Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton) would hit a trifecta to give the Terriers a 65-50 lead, putting the game away.

Hiram finished the contesst 28-of-61 (45.9 percent) from the field and hit 14-of-16 (87.5 percent) of free throws. Ohio Wesleyan finished 25-of-59 (42.4 percent) in shooting and was just 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) from the charity stripe.

The Terriers won the rebounding battle and also scored 33 points on 21 Battling Bishop turnovers.

Hiram will be idle this weekend and will play next on January 20, as they host Denison at 6 p.m.