HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College women's basketball team used a staunch defensive effort to nab their eighth win of the season, a 59-46 victory over Denison University on Wednesday evening in Price Gymnasium.
The difference in the game came in the middle stages with Hiram trailing 26-21 with 4:46 remaining in the opening half.
It was from that point that the Hiram defense stood firm and took over the contest. Hiram held the Big Red without a point for the remainder of the first half, pulling back even at the break, 26-26.
Despite scoring just nine points themselves in the second quarter, the Terriers held a 17-16 lead at the end of one, and held Denison to just 10 points in the frame to keep the score all square.
The Hiram bench scored seven of the Terrier's nine points in the quarter, with Jazmine Scott posting four, and Tashauna Wright getting an "old-fashioned" three-point play to tie the game at 26 with 37 seconds remaining in the half.
From the mid-way point of the second quarter, until the middle of the fourth, Hiram played perhaps its best defense of the season, allowing Denison just three made field goals in 18:02 that spanned the entirety of the third quarter and the first 3:14 of the fourth. During that time, the Terriers outscored the Big Red 26-12 to open a nine-point lead (47-38) with just under seven minutes to play.
The Terriers outscored Denison 15-9 in the third quarter, holding the Big Red to two made field goals. Wright was the catalyst off the bench for Hiram, scoring eight of her team-high 15 points in the frame.
Four points by Erica Johnson helped push the advantage to nine in the early stages of the fourth. Following a bucket by Denison's Shonta Lockett, Scott nailed her first, and only, triple of the evening, growing the lead to 10 (50-40).
After a three by Lucy Bancone with 6:44 remaining in the contest, the Hiram defense once again locked down, holding the Big Red to just one made basket in the final six minutes of the game. The Terriers would secure the win by going on a 9-2 run. Freshman Amanda Holzman scored the last basket of the game, giving Hiram the 13-point win, 59-46.
The game did not start out looking to be in the Terrier's favor as Denison opened the game on an 8-0 run. However, Hiram finished the opening quarter with a 17-8 swing to take a one point lead after 10 minutes.
The Terriers played their toughest defense in the second half, holding the Big Red to just six made field goals and 22% shooting in the second half.
The 46 points surrendered by the Terriers are the fewest allowed by Hiram against a conference opponent since holding Wittenberg to 44 during the 2015-16 season.
Hiram forced 20 Big Red turnovers in the win, swiping 13 steals. The theft total marks the 11th time this season that the Terriers have totaled at least 10.
Along with Wright's game-high 15, four other players tallied at least nine points. Johnson tallied 10 to go along with 14 rebounds for her third double-double of the season. Senior Allison Vannoy also added 10 points, while Scott and Madison Branch finished with nine, each.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, Jan. 24, as they travel to Wooster, Ohio to take on the Fighting Scots. The matchup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.