A 14-point margin in the second quarter proved to be the difference as the Hiram women's basketball team dropped a 73-63 decision to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
Hiram finished the first quarter on a 7-2 run, taking a five-point advantage into the second frame. Tashauna Wright tallied all seven points, knocking down a pair of threes, including one to beat the buzzer.
In the second frame, the Battling Bishops turned up the pressure, using a full-court press to force 10 Terrier turnovers. Hiram shot just 4-of-13 from the field in the frame, finding themselves outscored 24-10, and trailing by nine at the break (38-29).
The Wesleyan lead would grow to as many as 12 (55-43) in the third quarter, but the Terriers closed the game to within striking distance (55-48) on a three by Earnhardt with four seconds remaining.
In the fourth quarter, Hiram held Ohio Wesleyan to just one basket in the first 3:30, using an 8-2 run to pull within one thanks to a three by Megan Davis.
That would be as close as Hiram would get in the end, as Ohio Wesleyan converted on their free-throw attempts to push the game back to double digits (73-63) before the final buzzer.
For Hiram, Wright led the way with 17 points, while Branch and Paris Thompson each added 10.
Devin Hefner was one of just two Bishops in double figures, but lead all scorers with 24 points.
The Terriers will be off for one week before getting back to work on Saturday, December 15, as they play host Adrian College. The matchup with the Bulldogs at Price Gym is scheduled for 3 p.m.