Dec. 1 – GREENCASTLE, Ind. – The Hiram College women's basketball team hung tough with DePauw University on Friday evening, falling to the Tigers 56-47.
The Terriers held the North Coast Athletic Conference's top-scoring offense to just 32% shooting, including 8% from behind the three-point arc. Hiram also held the Tigers, who were named the preseason favorites in the NCAC Coaches' Poll, to their second-lowest scoring output of the season.
Points were at a premium in the first half of play, as the two sides combined for just 45 points, including 17 in the second stanza.
The lead changed hands a few times in the opening ten minutes, with Hiram taking a 10-8 advantage on a three-point basket by Alainna Conroy with 4:03 to play in the frame. DePauw would close the quarter on an 8-2 run, holding a 16-12 advantage after one.
The Tigers and Terriers managed just six made baskets between them in the second quarter, with the Tigers edging Hiram 9-8 to take a five-point lead into the break. Senior Allison Vannoy kept the Terriers close, knocking down a pair of triples in the quarter.
DePauw would gain momentum out of the halftime break, outscoring Hiram 12-4 in the first six minutes of the second half to push the lead to 13 (37-24). The Tigers' leading scorer, Sydney Kopp, posted six points in the run to pace DePauw. She finished the contest with a game-high, 17 points.
Hiram would cut the advantage to as close as six in the waning seconds of the third quarter on a three by Conroy. However, the advantage would once again swell to 13 (51-38) and time ran out on the Terrier comeback.
Despite holding the Tigers to just 32% shooting, the Terriers once again found themselves a victim of the charity stripe. DePauw held an eight-point advantage at the free-throw line and Hiram has now been outscored at the stripe in six of their first eight games.
Additionally, Hiram had a hard time keeping the Tigers off the glass, as DePauw outrebounded the Terriers 49-32, including 19 offensive rebounds which led to 16 second-chance points.
Conroy led the Hiram offense with 12 points and five rebounds, while Vannoy found double figures for the eighth time this season, finishing with 11. Sophomore Sarah Spehn added six points off the bench, while leading the Terriers with six rebounds.
The Terriers will be back in action on Saturday as they travel to Springfield, Ohio for a matchup with Wittenberg University. Tipoff is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.