The Hiram College women's basketball team concluded their six-game home stand on Thursday afternoon, falling to DePauw University, 76-55, in Price Gymnasium.
With the loss, the Terriers fell to 7-7 on the season, while DePauw remainder on top of the North Coast Athletic Conference with an 11-3 mark (5-0 in conference play).
The Terriers gave the defending conference champions all they could handle in the opening half, with sophomore Tashauna Wright leading the way. Hiram trailed by just one after the first quarter (19-18) and by three at the break (33-30).
Wright, and her counterpart, DePauw's Maya Howard, controlled the first quarter as the two guards combined for 27 of the 37 total points scored in the frame. Wright posted 13 on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, while Howard knocked down 5-of-7 and notched 14 points.
Both players slowed in the second quarter but DePauw was able to push out to a 10-point lead (31-21) with four minutes remaining in the half.
Hiram responded by locking down the Tigers in the final four minutes, holding DePauw to one bucket while going on a 9-2 run to close the gap to three (33-30). Four different players scored in the run, including a bucket by Wright, and a three by Josie Earnhardt.
The Terriers played step-for-step with the Tigers in the first 30 minutes, as DePauw knocked down 14-of-31 shots from the floor, and Hiram, 13-of-28.
It was in the third quarter, however, that the tide turned in favor of the visitors. DePauw controlled the pace out of the halftime break, outscoring the Terriers 23-9 in the frame. Hiram was held to just two made field goals in the third, while DePauw knocked down 56% of their shots.
Over the remainder of the contest, the Terriers would get back some of their offensive rhythm, shooting 41% in the final stanza. It was not enough, however, as DePauw walked away with the win.
The offense of the Tigers was controlled by their two guards as Howard and Sydney Copp combined for 47 of the team's 76 points. Only reserve player Mya Shannon (nine) had more than six.
Hiram will get back to work on Wednesday, January 9, as they travel to Meadville, Pa. for a bout with Allegheny. The Terriers' first road test in over a month is set for a 6 p.m. start.