By: Abbey Lipcsik
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – For the third time this season, Kayla Yost finished with a double-digit rebounding performance. However, the Hiram College women's basketball team fell to the Wittenberg Tigers on Saturday afternoon by a final score of 51-45.
Yost totaled 16 rebounds over the course of the game, marking a new season-high. Ten of the guard's rebounds came on defense, also marking a season-high.
Wittenberg held the lead for a majority of the game thanks to Alex Keiss and Sydney Mayle. Keiss recorded a team-high 12 points and Mayle tallied 11.
The two teams played well on both sides of the court in the first quarter, holding each other to just 11 points apiece.
The Tigers then gained the momentum in the second, taking a six-point lead with 1:56 left in the half (21-15). Hiram then closed out the half with a 4-0 run, consisting of two free throws coming from Kaylee Shockley and two from Brianna Kirk (21-19).
The Terriers took their first lead of the game in the third quarter. After Wittenberg jumped back out to another six-point lead at the 5:53 mark (29-23), Hiram outscored the Tigers 13-4 to take their largest lead of the game with 0:37 left in the quarter (36-33). Shockley led the way, tacking on seven of the 12 points, while Clover Kaple followed with three and Mercedes Jones with two. Jazmine Scott also added a free throw.
Wittenberg ended the quarter with two free throws from Amanda Raber to come within one point of Hiram (36-35) going into the final ten minutes of the game.
The Tigers continued to hold the momentum in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Terriers 16-9. Wittenberg opened with a 9-2 run to force a timeout by Hiram with 3:32 remaining (44-38). The Terriers then answered back with a jumper from Yost and two free throws from Erica Johnson to make the score 44-42.
However, four consecutive points from Mayle took the Tiger lead back up to six and forced another timeout by the Terriers with 1:38 left in the game.
Despite last-minute scoring efforts by Hiram, Wittenberg continued to maintain their lead and secured the six-point victory.
Shockley and Jones tied for the team-high in points, notching 12 points apiece. Yost also contributed to the cause, adding eight. Four of them came from behind the charity stripe.
On defense, Shockley and Allison Vannoy tied for the team-high in steals (3). Kaple and Yost also tacked on steals. Kaple finished with two, while Yost followed with one.
Hiram will next host Ohio Wesleyan on Wednesday, February 8. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.