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Second-Half Surge Lifts Women's Hoops Over Oberlin

Second-Half Surge Lifts Women's Hoops Over Oberlin

Jan. 4 – OBERLIN, Ohio – Behind a 43-point, second-half, effort, the Hiram College women's basketball team earned a 64-61, come-from-behind win over Oberlin College on Wednesday evening.

With the victory, Hiram has now tied the single-season program record, amassing their 12th through just 15 games. The mark ties the record set by last season's squad, as well as teams from the 2010-11 and 1988-89 seasons.  

The Terriers (12-3, 4-2 NCAC) struggled to find their offense in the opening half, shooting just .273 from the field and 1-8 from beyond the three-point arc.

Oberlin (4-8, 3-2 NCAC) held an 18-11 advantage through the first ten minutes of the game to help build their first-half advantage.

In the second quarter, the team's combined for just 21 points, with the Yeowomen holding an 11-10 edge, and the Terriers found themselves trailing by eight at the break (29-21).

Kaylee Shockley and Allison Vannoy did most of the damage for the Terriers through the first 20 minutes of the game, combining for 15 points. Shockley entered the half with a game-high, eight, while Vannoy added seven at the break.

With just 3:34 remaining in the third quarter, the Terriers still found themselves trailing by eight points (40-32) and in need of a run. Hiram responded with a 9-1 swing over the next three minutes to knot the game for the first time since the early stages.

A three by Vannoy jump started the run before Mercedes Jones converted on a pair of free throws. Following a split at the charity stripe for Oberlin, Clover Kaple rattled off four-straight points to knot the game at 41-41 with 32 seconds to play. However, Oberlin tallied the last two points of the frame, taking a two-point lead into the final stretch.

In the first minute of the fourth, Vannoy would can another triple to once again tie the game (44-44). However, Oberlin was able to hold the Terriers at bay, running the lead back out to five on a layup by Maggie Gross with just under five to play (51-46).

Hiram would make their biggest push of the game, using a 12-0 run to turn a five-point deficit into a seven-point advantage (58-51). Following back-to-back buckets by Shockley and Dana Perrotta, Kayla Yost came through with six-straight points to push the Hiram lead to 56-51. Jones then converted two more free throws to extend the lead to seven.

Oberlin would not go away quietly, however, going on a 10-4 run to pull the score within one point (62-61) with 27 seconds to play. The Yeowomen's Alex Stipano tallied eight of the team's 10 points in the run. She finished with a game-high 24 points.

With 11 seconds remaining in the contest, Vannoy proved to be clutch once again for the Terriers, knocking down a pair of free throws to push the lead to three (64-61).

Following a timeout, Oberlin had a chance for one more play. The Yeowomen put the ball in the hands of Stipano, but a solid defensive effort forced an errant shot, giving the Terriers a 64-61 victory.

Offensively, the Terriers took great care of the basketball, committing a season-low six turnovers in the game. Hiram also held a seven-point advantage at the charity stripe, converting on 17-of-21 chances (.810).

Individually, Vannoy led the way with 16 points, while Shockley finished with 13. Yost chipped in with 11, tallying nine in the second half.

The Terriers will look to set the new program standard on Wednesday, January 11, when they travel to Delaware, Ohio to take on Ohio Wesleyan University. The matchup is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

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