Posted: Jan 02, 2019
Jan.2-HIRAM, Ohio- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell 71-54 to the Wittenberg Tigers, Wednesday afternoon.
Wittenberg (8-5, 2-2 NCAC) came into the game as one of the North Coast Athletic Conference's top-rated offense, leading the NCAC in field goals made (324) and field goal percentage (40.2).
The Tigers held the lead majority of the game thanks to Kristie Kalis and Alex Kiess. Kalis tallied a team-high 19 points while Kiess added 14.
Wittenberg was the first to get on the board, stretching their lead to 11-8 inside the first five minutes. In the quarter, the Tigers connected on three triples and shot 8-of-15 from beyond the arc, to start off the game with a 22-14 advantage.
From there Wittenberg maintained the opening half momentum, going on to outscore Hiram by double digits in the second (45-27).
Fresh out the break the Terriers had their strongest quarter, holding the Tigers to just 11 points.
Hiram would pull to as close as eight (52-44) in the late stages of the third quarter on a basket from junior Paris Thompson.
Wittenberg finished off the game, outscoring the Terriers 15-8 in the fourth stanza to round out the scoring.
Wright tallied the team-high in points, notching 13 points and seven rebounds. Thompson also contributed to the cause, with 12 points and four rebounds. While sophomore Madison Branch tallied three steals to lead the defensive efforts.
Hiram will have a quick turnaround and will host conference foe DePauw on Thursday, January 3 tipoff is set for 2 p.m.