By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College women's basketball team defeated the Geneva College Golden Tornadoes by a final score of 80-51 on Saturday afternoon.
The win increases the Terriers' win streak to five in addition to marking the best start in program history (10-2).
After a three pointer by Dana Perrotta at the 4:59 mark of the first quarter, Geneva went on a 9-0 scoring spree to take their biggest lead of the game (19-9). The Terriers were able to hold the Tornadoes scoreless and tack on five points, but Geneva closed the quarter holding a five point lead (19-14).
Hiram came back in the second quarter, tying the game at 21 with 7:59 left in the half. A spark from the Terrier offense then gave Hiram what they needed to outscore the Tornadoes 16-6. Mercedes Jones and Jazmine Scott both led the run with six points each.
The Terriers also held the Golden Tornados to just eight points in the quarter. The strong performance on both ends of the court in addition to seven Geneva turnovers gave Hiram a ten point lead going into halftime (37-27).
The Terriers continued to dominate in the third quarter, scoring 24 points and holding the Golden Tornadoes to single-digit scoring (eight) for the second time in the game. By the end of the quarter, Hiram was able to their lead to 26 (61-35).
This was the first time all season that the Terriers held an opponent to single-digit scoring in multiple quarters of a game.
Several Terrier reserve players checked into the game during the fourth quarter, including Antonija Lozancic, Carly Palgut, Bri Burgos, Brianna Kirk, Tayler Hall and Logan Nitsche. With scoring coming from Sarah Spehn, Lozancic, Burgos, Nitsche and Hall, Hiram took their biggest lead of the game (33) with two minutes remaining (75-42). Although Geneva made some last-minute efforts on offense, the Terriers secured a 29 point victory.
Fourteen Terriers scored over the course of the game, marking a new season-high. Jones continued to lead the Terriers, totaling 16 points, while Scott followed with ten. Clover Kaple and Kayla Yost each tacked on nine and eight points, respectively, while Perrotta and Kaylee Shockley each added six.
On defense, Hiram forced 25 turnovers, marking a new season-best. The Terriers also recorded 12 steals, with three coming from Allison Vannoy and Yost and Perrotta each adding two. Shockley, Scott, Lozancic, Hall and Kaple also had one steal a piece.
Hiram will be on holiday break until December 28th when they compete in the Lycoming Tournament. The Terriers will first battle Lycoming (Pa.), with tipoff being scheduled for 5 p.m.