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Comeback Bid Falls Short For Women's Hoops Against DePauw

Comeback Bid Falls Short For Women's Hoops Against DePauw

Dec. 2 – HIRAM, Ohio – Despite erasing a 16-point, first-half deficit, the Hiram College women's basketball team dropped a nine-point decision, 70-61, to visiting DePauw in North Coast Athletic Conference action on Friday evening.

The Terriers (5-2, 0-2 NCAC) traded blows with the visiting Tigers (5-1, 1-0 NCAC) for the first seven minutes of the opening quarter, taking a two-point advantage (10-8) on a bucket by senior Kayla Yost.

From there, however, the first half belonged to DePauw. The Tigers used a 20-5 run, which spanned 9:09 between the first and second quarters, to balloon an advantage of their own to 13 points (28-15) with 5:25 to play in the half.

The deficit would grow to as many as 16 (36-20) before the half's end, as the Tigers' Sydney Kopp drained a three with 57 seconds to play. Hiram responded with a layup by junior Mercedes Jones, and the Terriers would go into the break trailing 36-22.

The Terriers fell victim to shooting .241 from the field in the opening half, while DePauw sunk 50% of their attempts, hitting on 15-of-30 through the opening 20 minutes.

Hiram would respond in the second-half, cutting the Tiger lead to seven points through the first five minutes of the third quarter.

All 14 points in the run were strung together by senior Dana Perrotta and Jones. Perrotta opened the half with a triple and added another in the run, along with a pair of free-throws. Jones, meanwhile, tallied six points in the swing, including a pair of free-throws with 5:59 to play which cut the lead to 43-36.

DePauw would once again respond, pushing the lead back to 14 points (52-38) with 1:51 reamining. However, a jumper by Jazmine Scott, coupled with Perrotta's third triple of the quarter, set the advantage at single digits heading into the fourth.

Still trailing by nine points with 4:41 remaining in the contest, Hiram would have enough for one final push. Getting back-to-back triples from freshman Clover Kaple and Perrotta, as well as a layup from Jones, the Terriers used an 8-2 run to close the gap to three points (63-60) and force a timeout.

Throughout the rest of the contest, however, the Terriers managed just one point, falling short of the comeback, 70-61.

 Offensively, Perrotta led the way, notching a career-high 18 points. The senior guard sank four triples in the game and was 4-of-4 at the charity stripe.

Other offensive leaders included Jones' 17 points, as well as nine points, each, from Kaple and Shockley.

Hiram will be back in action on Saturday, December 3, as they play host to Wittenberg University. The matchup with the Tigers is scheduled for 3 p.m.

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