Dec. 9 - HIRAM, Ohio - The Hiram College women's basketball team used a balanced scoring attack and tough defense to capture their second-straight North Coast Athletic Conference victory, upending Allegheny College 78-45 on Saturday afternoon.
Hiram performed well from start to finish in the matchup with the Gators, holding Allegheny to just 45 points and 31% shooting from the field. In the history of the matchup between the two teams (a total of 42 games dating back to 1988-89) The Terriers have never held the Gators below 50 points.
A big reason for the point discrepancy, was the Terriers' ability to control the glass. Hiram tallied 53 rebounds in the game, pulling down 34 defensive boards; both of which were season highs for Hiram.
Additionally, the Terriers tallied double-digit steals for the fifth time this season, posting ten on 15 Gator turnovers. The stifling defense held Allegheny to 20-64 shooting from the field, 12% from the three-point arc, and allowed a season-low nine free-throw attempts.
Offensively, Hiram received balanced on the night. 11 of the 12 players who saw game action tallied at least one basket. Five Terriers scored at least eight points, with four posting double-digit numbers.
Junior Erica Johnson led the Terrier cause, posting a career-high 15 points and adding 14 rebounds for her first career double-double. The junior has now posted double-digit scoring in back-to-back games, and has tallied at least 10 rebounds, five times on the season.
Hiram never trailed throughout the contest, pushing their advantage to 16 points by the end of the opening stanza. Hiram outscored Allegheny 22-6 in the first 10 minutes, led by a five point quarter from Johnson and freshman Madison Branch.
The Terriers held Allegheny to 17% shooting in the first, surrendering just three baskets.
With the lead cut to 11 midway through the second quarter, Hiram ended the first half on a 13-5 run to push the lead to 19 at the break. Senior Jazmine Scott was the catalyst of the run, scoring nine of the team's 13 points in the swing.
The lead would balloon to as many as 28 by the end of third before growing to a 34-point margin by game's end. The Terriers outscored the Gators 17-10 in the third frame and 23-16 in the fourth.
For the second-consecutive game, the Hiram bench helped carry the offensive workload throughout the contest. The Terrier reserves once again tallied 37 points and have now outscored opposing benches 74-31 in the last two games.
Two of the top four leading scorers for the Terriers came off the bench as Scott and freshman Tashauna Wright each scored 11 points. Branch and sophomore Sarah Spehn each tallied five. Spehn also added six rebounds.
Senior Allison Vannoy helped lead the Hiram charge, finishing the game with 12 points, to go along with five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Rounding out the starting lineup, Bri Burgos finished the game with eight points and five rebounds, while Alainna Conroy added four points and six boards.
Hiram will take a break from conference action on Tuesday, December 12 when they play host to Thiel College. The matchup with the Tomcats is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.