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Terriers Fall Short in First Game of JCU Tipoff Classic

Terriers Fall Short in First Game of JCU Tipoff Classic
Nov.16- CLEVELAND, Ohio- The Hiram College women's basketball team completed their first day of the JCU Tipoff Classic, dropping a 64–62 decision to John Carroll on Friday night. 
 
Despite the host securing an early scoring advantage, the Terriers tried to keep the first quarter close. The combination of freshman Josie Earnhardt knocking down the first Hiram three of the night and a basket from sophomore Tashauna Wright kept the JCU lead at five (18-13) after the first quarter.
 
In the opening minutes of the second, the Blue Streaks held the Terriers scoreless going on an 8-0 run. In the last six minutes of the quarter the tides turned. Wright scored four of her eight points of the half, leading Hiram on a 13-12 run. The efforts were not enough to hold off the host, sending Hiram into the break trailing by double figures, 38-26.  
 
Out of the break, the Blue Streaks' lead would continue to grow in the first three minutes, pushing their advantage to as big as 17 (45-28).  
 
From there, Hiram's offense started to click with the Terriers going on a 16-9 run in the remaining minutes of the quarter (54-44).  
 
Down by double-digits, Hiram axed away at the third quarter deficit, outscoring the host 18-10. 
 
Sophomore Alainna Conroy led the run, posting six of her 11 points in the stanza. With 2:06 remaining in the game, a basket from junior Paris Thompson pulled Hiram within one of the Blue Streaks (60-59). Inside the remaining seconds, John Caroll posted a four-point run (64-59). Hiram would make one final push with Earnhardt knocking down one last three with 58 seconds still left to play. The comeback would ultimately fall short, with John Carroll holding on for the two-point victory.  
 
Wright led the Terriers with 16 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Conroy finished the game with 11 points, while Thompson tallied 10 points and nine rebounds.  
 
The team will gear up for the second day of the JCU Tipoff Classic on Saturday, November 17 as they take on Capital University at 4:00 p.m.