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Women's Hoops Locks Down Westminster

Women's Hoops Locks Down Westminster

The Hiram College women's basketball team made it three victories in a row on Thursday evening, as the Terriers upended non-conference foe, Westminster College, 66-59.

For Hiram, four different players accounted for 60 of the team's 66 points, with Tashauna Wright leading the charge with 19. She also pulled down 10 boards en route to her first double-double of the season.

In addition to Wright, freshman Josie Earnhardt and sophomore Alainna Conroy made up all of Hiram's outside scoring, combining for 28 points and six three-point baskets. Sophomore Madison Branch also finished in double figures, scoring 13 points and adding five steals.

As a unit, the Terriers forced 21 Westminster turnovers, accumulated 16 steals along the way. Like Branch, senior Erica Johnson finished with five swipes, while Earnhardt added a pair. Thanks to the large number of steals, Hiram held a 26-11 advantage in points off turnovers.

Despite the final tally, Hiram trailed after three quarters of play. Westminster held a five-point advantage (16-11) after the first and a slim, two-point lead at the half (29-27).

Two quick buckets in the fourth quarter pushed the Titan lead to six with just over nine minutes remaining in regulation. It was there, however, that Hiram made their move.

The Terriers quickly cut the lead back to one thanks to a triple by Conroy and a pair of free throws by Wright. After taking the lead on a jump shot by Branch, Westminster came right back to re-gain the advantage 51-50.

With just five minutes to play, Branch knocked down a pair from the charity stripe, before Earnhardt canned back-to-back threes to push the Hiram lead to 58-51.

The home team would push the lead to as many as nine (64-55) as the Terriers knocked down all six of their free-throw attempts in the final 30 seconds to preserve the win. Overall, Hiram was extremely efficient from the stripe, converting on 18-of-20 chances at the line.

With two games remaining in their six-game home stand, the Terriers have now won three-straight and are two games over .500 for the first time this season.

Following the holiday break, Hiram will get back to work with back-to-back North Coast Athletic Conference games on January 2 and 3. The Terriers will take on Wittenberg University on Wednesday before squaring off with DePauw on Thursday. Both games at Price Gymnasium are scheduled for a 2 p.m. tip.