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Terriers Dominate Fourth Quarter to Grab Season-Opening Victory

Terriers Dominate Fourth Quarter to Grab Season-Opening Victory

The Hiram College women's basketball team used a dominant, fourth-quarter performance to upend Mount St. Joseph, 77-71, on Saturday afternoon. 

The Terriers, trailing throughout the majority of the afternoon, turned on another gear in the closing 10 minutes to dominated the final frame. 

In the fourth, Hiram outscored the Lions 29-8, to turn a 14-point deficit into a seven-point win. The Terriers held the Lions, who had shot over 60% from the field through the first half, to just three made field goals in the final quarter. 

Despite trailing into the fourth quarter, the Terriers dominated the glass throughout the afternoon. Hiram totaled 51 rebounds, compared to 27 for the Lions. 

Hiram tallied 28 offensive boards on the afternoon, led by the lone senior, Erica Johnson. Despite scoring just two points on the afternoon, the Second-Team All-NCAC selection posted a career-best 11 offensive boards, and 16, overall. 

Sophomore Tashauna Wright paced the Terrier offensive attack throughout the afternoon, dropping a career-high 24 while kicking down 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. 

Other offensive leaders for Hiram included 15 from junior Paris Thompson and 14 by sophomore Alaina Conroy. Conroy knocked down three triples on the afternoon, while newcomer Josie Earnhardt hit three off the bench. 

The Terriers found themselves trailing 46-39 at the half, before going cold from the field in the third quarter. 

Trailing 64-48 in the early stages of the fourth, the Terriers put together an 18-5 run in eight minutes, to pull within three of the Lions. Conroy did a majority of her damage in the fourth, contributing eight points to the run. Her back-to-back triples pulled Hiram within three, 69-66 with 2:44 to play. 

The defense completely locked down the Lions in the final frame, as their intensity forced a total of nine turnovers in the quarter. Hiram came away with seven steals in the frame.

The last steal by the Terriers came from Wright, who then finished with a layup on the opposite end to give Hiram the lead. Wright would finish the game with Hiram's final nine points as the hosts walked away with the 77-71 victory. 

The matchup between the Terriers and the Lions marked the fourth-annual Lauren Hill Classic, which honored the life of the former Lion women's basketball player. The Terriers and Lions have met for four-straight season openers to date, with Hiram holding a 3-1 advantage.