HIRAM, Ohio – Led by a balanced scoring effort, the Terrier women's basketball team shook off a double-digit, halftime, deficit, to outlast Ohio Wesleyan, 67-64, on Wednesday evening in Price Gymnasium.
The Terriers lagged behind early in the matchup between North Coast Athletic Conference foes, dropping behind by ten after a quarter, 22-12.
The Battling Bishop lead grew to as many as 14 points in the second frame (37-23) with 2:33 to play in the half. However, back-to-back three-point baskets by freshman Tashauna Wright would cut the advantage to eight, before settling on 11 at the break.
The Terrier reserves kept Hiram within striking distance in the second stanza, scoring 14 of the team's 17 points in the quarter. Wright had six, as did senior guard Jazmine Scott.
Trailing by 12 (45-33) with 7:05 to play in the third, Hiram made their move. The Terriers closed the quarter on a 17-5 run over the final seven minutes to tie the game at 50-50. The game-tying bucket came on a layup by Erica Johnson with 22 seconds remaining in the quarter.
During the 12-point swing, junior Bri Burgos tallied six of her team-high 12 points. Senior Allison Vannoy also canned a pair of triples, while Johnson and freshman Madison Branch also contributed to the cause.
Defensively, The Terriers locked OWU down, holding the Bishops to just four made baskets while holding a 21-10 advantage in the frame.
Sophomore Sarah Spehn would give Hiram back the lead on the Terriers' first possession of the fourth quarter. From there, the hosts would open the advantage to as many as seven (63-56), which included six-straight points from Branch.
Ohio Wesleyan would respond, however, holding Hiram without a made field goal over the final 4:23 of regulation, while pulling the score even on a basket by Claire Sterling with 1:01 to play. Sterling led all scorers with 20 points on the night.
With just under 30 seconds to play, Ohio Wesleyan had what appeared to be the chance for the final possession of the game. However, Vannoy was able to swipe the inbounds pass and draw a foul. With 25 seconds remaining, she calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to give Hiram a two-point advantage (66-64).
The Terriers would then lock down the Battling Bishops on their final two possessions, adding another free throw by Vannoy, to hold on to the three-point win, 67-64.
Hiram received solid play throughout the lineup, with six players scoring at least six points, each. Along with Burgos, Vannoy, Johnson, and Scott all finished in double figures.
Vannoy added another all-around performance to her credit, posting 11 points, nine rebounds and eight assists on the evening. Her assist total once again matches a career high, which she set in her previous game against Oberlin.
Johnson, meanwhile, posted her second double-double of the season, totaling 11 rebounds and 10 points. She helped the Terriers outrebound the Bishops 42-29 on the evening. Other rebounding leaders included Brugos, Scott and Spehn, who all added five, each.
The Terriers will look to keep the winning going on Saturday, January 13, as they travel to Gambier, Ohio to take on the Ladies of Kenyon College. The matchup is scheduled for a 2 p.m. start.