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Terriers Struggle in Second Half; Fall to Capital 60-51

Terriers Struggle in Second Half; Fall to Capital 60-51

The Hiram College women's basketball team found themselves on the wrong end of a 60-51 decision against Capital University on Saturday evening on the second day of the JCU Tipoff Classic in Cleveland.

It was a tale of two halves for the Terriers as Hiram held a 31-25 advantage at the break, but saw themselves outscored 36-19 in the final two quarters.

The first quarter looked as they the fans in the DeCarlo Center were in for a shootout as the two teams combined for 41 points on 15-of-25 shooting. It took Hiram some time to get the offense rolling as Capital tallied the first seven points of the game over the opening four minutes.

The Terriers responded, hitting back-to-back threes from Tashauna Wright and Alainna Conroy to cut the Capital lead to just three.

Still trailing 13-10, Hiram was able to close the quarter on an 11-7 run to grab a one-point lead following the opening 10 minutes. Conroy canned two more triples and was joined from beyond the arc by freshman Josie Earnhardt. It was an Amanda Holzman layup with four seconds to play, however, that gave the Terriers their first lead of the game.

In the second frame, the Hiram defense turned stout, holding Capital to just one made basket and five total points. Earnhardt grabbed the first points of the frame on another three with 8:57 to play in the half to extend the Hiram lead to four (24-20).

The next points scored from the floor by either team came from the Crusaders with just three minutes to play in the frame. A layup by Erin Risner gave Capital a 25-24 advantage. That would prove to be the last points of the half for Capital.

Hiram responded with a flurry in the final two minutes. Gabrielle Dukarm started things off with a steal and transition bucket. Holzman added a layup with under a minute to play before Earnhardt beat the buzzer with her third three of the game, to give Hiram a 31-25 lead at the break.

After posting 31 through the first two frames, Hiram was held to just 19 in the second half on 8-of-25 shooting. The Crusaders regained the lead for the final time with just over three minutes remaining in the third and held on for the 11-point victory.

Earnhardt had a career day in a reserve role for the Terriers. The freshman finished 5-of-6 from beyond the arc for 15 points, while also added a pair of steals and three assists in 22 minutes of action.

Other offensive leaders for Hiram included Conroy's 11 and 10 points by Wright. Erica Johnson added six points to go along with eight boards, while Holzman chipped into the scoring effort with six.

For her efforts throughout the JCU Tip-off Classic, Conroy was named to the All-Tournament team. She finished the weekend averaging 11 points per game, while shooting just over .400 from the field and knocking down four three-point baskets.

Following the Thanksgiving holiday, the Terriers will get back in action on Saturday, Nov. 24 as they travel to Marietta College. The matchup with the Pioneers is scheduled for 6 p.m.