DELAWARE, Ohio - December 7, 2019 – Hiram Terriers women's basketball fell to the Ohio Wesleyan Battling Bishops, 81-55, on Saturday at Branch Rickey Gymnasium.
Though the Terriers scored the opening bucket on TT Wright's layup, the Battling Bishops quickly answered with a 13-0 run and led by as many as 16, en route to a 23-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
OWU maintained its double-digit lead for much of the second quarter, before the Terriers made a run. Hiram ended the quarter on a 6-0 run, cutting a 11-point deficit to five heading into the locker room.
A Madison Branch and-one and Haley Thompson's three-pointer, all coming with under 40 seconds left in the half, cut the Battling Bishops' lead to 37-32 at the half, as the Terriers outscored OWU, 20-14 in the second quarter.
Branch and Amanda Holzman each led the Terriers with 10 points at the half, while Wright led the Terriers with seven rebounds.
Hiram made it a one-score game with Branch's layup to open the third quarter, but after a scoreless stretch OWU brought their lead back to nine, using a 9-3 run to take a 46-37 lead with 4:28 left in the third.
Wright answered with a three-pointer to bring it back to six, but that would be as close as the Terriers would get the rest of the way. OWU outscored Hiram, 10-2, to end the quarter and take a 56-42 lead into the fourth.
OWU would extend their lead to as many as 26 in the final quarter, as the Terriers went cold from the field for the final two quarters, pulling away with an 81-55 victory.
With the loss, the Terriers drop to 2-7 (0-2 NCAC), while the Battling Bishops move to 3-4 (1-1 NCAC) on the year.
Branch led the Terriers with a game-high 17 points, while Wright and Holzman each added 10. Wright also notched her second double-double of the year, adding 12 rebounds and four assists.
The Terriers next return home to Price Gymnasium for a non-conference matchup against the Defiance College Yellow Jackets on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:00 p.m.