Nov. 15 – HIRAM, Ohio – The Hiram College women's basketball team fell behind visiting Grove City College early, and could not overcome a double-digit, first-quarter deficit as the Terriers dropped a 66-50 decision to the Wolverines on Wednesday evening.
Hiram fell victim to the turnover bug in the opening stages, committing eight miscues in the first 3:15, leading to a 13-0 advantage for the visitors out of the gate.
The Terriers would close the gap to eight, thanks to a 10-5 run in the next three minutes. Senior captain Allison Vannoy tallied five of the points in the run, including a three that cut the lead back to single-digits.
The Wolverines would push the lead back to 11 before the end of the quarter, holding a 25-14 advantage through the first 10 minutes. Grove City posted 11 points off turnovers in the opening stanza, while also scoring 10 of their 25 points from the charity stripe.
Hiram locked down better defensively in the second quarter, holding Grove City to just 13 points on 5-of-16 shooting. However, the Terriers scored just nine in the frame and the visitors held a 15-point advantage at the break (38-23).
The Grove City lead would swell to as many as 22 (50-28) with 3:12 left in the third. However, Hiram would put together a push to cut the game within striking distance.
In 5:47 of game time that spanned the third and fourth quarters, Hiram put together a 14-4 run to trim the deficit to 12 with over seven minutes to play (54-42). The fresh faces on the Terrier roster helped put the run together as first-year players Madison Branch, Samantha VanScoy and Amanda Holzman totaled 11 of the 14 points.
VanScoy tallied five in the swing, which included opening the Terrier scoring in the fourth quarter with a three. Holzman then cut the Wolverine lead to 12 with a free throw and a layup off a feed from Erica Johnson with 7:25 to go.
Hiram could get no closer, however, as the Wolverines converted on their chances in the final stanza. Grove City shot 10-12 from the charity stripe down the stretch, while holding Hiram to just eight points over the final seven minutes to hand the Terriers the 66-50 defeat.
Branch led the scoring for Hiram, finishing the game with 11 points. Vannoy scored in double figures for the second-straight game, adding 10 to the cause. Freshman Tashauna Wright came off the bench to score six points and add three assists, while Johnson, Alaina Conroy, Holzman and VanScoy all finished with five points, each.
Hiram will get back to work on Friday, Nov. 17 as they travel to Washington, Pa. to compete in the Springhill Suites Women's Basketball Tipoff Tournament, hosted by Washington & Jefferson College. The Terriers will tipoff against the host Presidents at 8 p.m.