By: Andrew Korba
HIRAM, Ohio -- On an emotional afternoon, the Hiram College women's basketball team came up on the short end of 70-64 contest to Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday.
Before tipoff, head coach Emily Hays and the Terriers were presented with a Musial Award in Sportsmanship from the parents of the late Lauren Hill, for their participation and class in Lauren Hill's "One Last Game" during the 2014-15 season.
Sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) tallied a career-high 28 points to lead Hiram (11-9, 5-6 NCAC). She also pulled down nine rebounds and blocked three shots.
The Battling Bishops (4-16, 3-8 NCAC) wasted no time taking the lead, jumping out to an early 8-2 advantage just three minutes into the game.
Hiram was able to chip away and a pair of free throws by freshman Savana Lowery (Carrollton, Ohio/Carrollton) with no time on the clock cut OWU's lead to 14-13 after one quarter.
Ohio Wesleyan would expand its lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Terriers 11-2 in the final 3:41 of the frame to take a 34-23 lead into the intermission.
Hiram would storm back in the third, closing the period on an 8-1 spurt to cut the Battling Bishop lead to just 46-43 heading into the final frame.
The Terriers were able to cut the deficit to just one point four different times in the fourth quarter, but were unable to take the lead and a late 6-0 run by the Battling Bishops put the game away.
Hiram finished 26-of-62 (41.9 percent) from the field, but went just 2-of-15 (13.3 percent) in 3-pointers. OWU was 25-of-48 (51.2 percent) in shooting and went 7-of-14 (50.0 percent) from beyond the arc.
Ohio Wesleyan won the rebounding battle 33-31, but the Terriers held a 42-22 edge in points in the paint.
Hiram will play next on Friday, as they travel to take on Wittenberg at 7 p.m.