DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Hiram College women's basketball team lost to Ohio Wesleyan University, 91-83, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Delaware.
The game remained close in the early minutes of the first half, but a 10-1 scoring run by Ohio Wesleyan (9-6, 4-2 NCAC) gave the Battling Bishops a little breathing room with a 14-9 lead at the 13:57 minute mark. OWU slowly began to pull away with a series of small scoring runs and extended the margin to 21-13 with 11:24 to go in the half. Hiram (4-12, 0-7 NCAC) battled back with a pair of layups and a jumper to make it a one-possession game, 21-19, at the 9:43 mark. But the Hiram offense then went cold and was held scoreless for the next 3:04 allowing OWU to add six unanswered points to make the score 27-19. The Bishops would go on to lead by as many as 15 points in the period, including a 50-35 margin at the break.
OWU maintained its sizeable lead for the majority of the second half, including having an 18-point advantage, 90-72, with 3:28 left in the game. A three-pointer by Hiram All-NCAC senior guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville) sparked an 11-1 run to end the half for the Terriers and narrowed the gap to single figures, 91-83. But time was not on the Terriers' side and the earlier deficit was all the Bishops needed as they went on to post the nine-point victory.
OWU shot 51.5 percent (34-of-66) from the floor, including 47.6 percent (10-of-21) from three-point range. The Bishops had three players score in double figures led by Caroline Welker with 16 points. Tamra Londot and Taylor Dickson both added 11 points.
Hiram shot 49.2 percent (31-of-63) for the game, but shot just 20.0 percent (three-of-15) from long range and 58.1 percent (18-of-31) at the free-throw line. The Terriers were led by junior guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) with a game-high 22 points on nine-of-17 shooting (52.9 percent). Senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) also scored in double figures, setting a career-high in scoring for the third time this season with 18 points. She also fell a rebound shy of recording her third straight double-double with nine boards against the Bishops. Rounding out the high scorers was sophomore forward Christy Griffin (Middlefield/Cardinal) with 15 points.
Hiram will host Denison University next Wednesday, Jan. 22 in a NCAC game at Price Gymnasium. The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.