By: Abbey Lipcsik
HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College women's basketball team defeated conference rival Wooster by a final score of 72-60 on Wednesday evening.
The Terriers improve to 7-2 (2-2, NCAC) on the season, while the Fighting Scots now stand at 1-6 (0-2, NCAC).
Wooster was first to get on the board in the first quarter, opening the game with a 4-0 scoring run. Kayla Yost tallied the first two points for Hiram at the 5:56 mark, but the Fighting Scots continued their offensive momentum with a 14-3 run (18-5). Dana Perrotta ended the Scots' run as time expired in the first quarter, connecting on a three pointer to cut the Wooster lead to 10 (18-8).
Hiram slowly started to chip away at Wooster's lead in the second quarter. After a jumper by a Fighting Scot, the Terriers racked up nine consecutive points to cut the Wooster lead to three (20-17). The Fighting Scots then answered back with a shot from behind the arc and two free throws to bring their lead back to eight.
Despite Wooster having the offensive edge, Hiram was able to come back and tie the game at 25 with 2:45 left in the half thanks to a jumper from Yost, two free throws from Kaylee Shockley and an "and-one" from Mercedes Jones.
With the game knotted at 25, Wooster closed the half on a 6-2 run, with the Terrier points coming on free throws by Clover Kaple. The freshman's trip to the line cut the Scot lead to four, ending the half at 31-27.
Jones led the Hiram offense in the third quarter, scoring 11 of the Terriers' 20 points. After a two-pointer by a Fighting Scot, the reigning North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Player of the Week fired two straight jump shots within the first minute of the quarter to help cut the Wooster lead to two (33-31).
Both teams continued their consistent performances on offense over the next six minutes, with each team scoring ten points. Hiram then took their first lead of the game on a Perrotta three-pointer with 2:19 left (44-43). Despite another and-one by Jones, Wooster recorded five more points to take back the lead going into the fourth quarter (48-47).
The Terriers made a strong offensive push in the final frame, using a 12-4 run to open a seven-point lead with 5:40 to play. Jazmine Scott led the way in the run, notching seven of the team's 12 points in the run.
Wooster was able to climb back to within four points (63-59), but Hiram closed the game on a 9-1 run to earn the 12-point victory.
As a team, Hiram shot .404 from the field. Jones led the way with 25 points, while Yost and Perrotta each had 11 and Scott followed with nine. Jones also finished with 12 rebounds, recording her first double-double of the season.
On defense, Jones recorded a team-high two steals, while Perrotta, Shockley, and Allison Vannoy each had one.
Hiram will play next on Saturday, December 10, when they travel to Meadville, Pennsylvania to face Allegheny at 1 p.m.