By: Abbey Lipcsik
GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Hiram College women's basketball team defeated the Tomcats of Thiel College by a final score of 62-58 on Tuesday evening.
With their second win of the season, the Terriers remain undefeated at 2-0, while the Tomcats dropped their season opener.
The Terriers started out strong in the opening quarter, outscoring the Tomcats 20-15. Hiram held a two-point lead with one second remaining, before Kayla Yost connected on three consecutive free throws to increase Hiram's lead to five.
Thiel came back in the second quarter, outscoring the Terriers 19-6 to take a 34-26 lead into the break. The Tomcats shot 50 percent in the frame, to take the eight-point advantage.
Hiram fought back in the start of the second half. Yost and Mercedes Jones led the Terrier offense, with each scoring two field goals to help outscore the Tomcats 16-11. However, Thiel maintained a three point lead going into the final quarter (45-42).
Trailing by six (57-51) with just over three minutes remaining, Jones would helped the Terriers climb back into the game. The junior tallied six-straight points, including a pair of layups and two free throws, knotting the contest at 57-57 with 1:31 to play.
Hiram would complete the comeback over the next minute of play, knocking down 5-of-6 from the charity stripe to cement the victory, 62-58.
Despite a slow shooting night for the Terriers, Hiram held a 14-point free throw advantage. The Terriers also took advantage of the Tomcats' turnovers, scoring 28 points over the course of the game.
Individually, Jones led the way for Hiram, coming just one rebound shy of a double-double with 20 points and nine rebounds. Yost also played well off the bench, tallying 14 points and eight boards. Shockley finished with seven points and eight rebounds, while Clover Kaple and Allison Vannoy added six, each.
Hiram will be back in action tomorrow night when the Terriers face Westminster College in their home opener at 6 p.m.