Watkins Posts 29 Points in Win Against Oberlin College on Senior Night

February 15, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a team-high 29 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past Oberlin College, 77-66, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 15) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game and regular-season home finale at Price Gymnasium on senior night.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 14-10 overall and 7-8 in the NCAC.  The Yeomen fall to 7-17 overall and 2-13 NCAC.

Hiram trailed early, 3-2, before going on a 7-0 scoring run that was capped by a jumper by Watkins to give the Terriers a 9-3 edge at the 16:00 mark.  Hiram never ended up trailing again despite only leading by a point on several occassions, including a 19-18 margin with 5:38 left before halftime.  Leading by two points, junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) connected on a three-pointer that sparked an 11-0 Hiram scoring run to end the period and gave the Terriers some breathing room with a 37-24 advantage at halftime.

Hiram led by double-figures for the majority of the second half.  Oberlin pulled to within eight points, 57-49, just before the midway point of the period, but the Terriers responded with an ensuing 9-0 run to go up by a more comfortable 18 points, 67-49, on a three-point play by junior forward Steve Zivoder (Garrettsville/Garfield) with 8:06 to go.  The Yeomen wouldn’t threaten the rest of the way as Hiram led by as many as 22 points on two occassions, including a score of 76-54 at the 4:44 mark.  The Terriers would go on to win by the final score of 77-66.

Oberlin shot 50.0 percent (23-of-46) overall and had one player score in double-digits in Andrew Fox with a game-high 30 points on 11-of-18 shooting (61.1 percent).  He also grabbed a game-tying high seven points.

Hiram was led by Watkins’ 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting (75.0 percent).  Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) was second with 14 points to go along with a game-tying high seven boards.  Sheppard rounded out the high scorers with 12 poitns.

Hiram will conclude the 2011-12 regular season when it travels to Springfield for a NCAC game against Wittenberg University on Saturday, Feb. 18.  Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Holds on to Beat Ursuline College

February 15, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) scored a team-high 25 points and junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) added 20 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team outlasted Ursuline College, 74-69, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 15) in the regular-season home finale at Price Gym on senior night.  [Game Stats]

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 9-15 overall.  The Arrows fall to 6-17 overall for the season.

Both teams played a heavily contested first half in the first 10 minutes with eight lead changes and five ties.  Hiram led by as many as five points, 18-13, in the early going thanks to a jumper by Shields at the 12:20 mark.  Ursuline came right back though with five straight points to even the score at 18-18.  The Terriers looked to pull away late in the period as an 18-2 scoring run that ended in a layup by Smyers to give Hiram a commanding 15-point advantage, 40-25, with 2:23 left before halftime.  Hiram went on lead by as many as 16 points in the half, 42-26, on way to a 42-30 advantage at the intermission.

In the second half, Hiram maintained its double-digit lead for the majority of the period, including a largest lead of 17 points, 60-43, on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) with 12:12 left to play.  The Arrows then began to make their run as Ursuline shot 51.9 percent in the period and outscored the Terriers, 22-3, following the Thomas triple to take a 65-63 lead with 4:19 left to go.  Ursuline led by just a point, 69-68, with 1:19 left to play, but then the shooting went cold as Thomas gave Hiram the lead again on a layup with just over a minute remaining and the Terriers connected on four straight free-throws in the final seconds while holding the Arrows scoreless in the final 1:19 to clinch a 74-69 victory.

Ursuline ended up shooting 48.1 percent (25-of-52) as a team in the game and was led by Laura Campbell with a game-high 25 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent).  Katie Cappello was the other Arrow player in double-figures with 23 points to go along with eight rebounds.

Hiram shot 34.6 percent (27-of-78) from the floor and 92.3 percent (12-of-13) at the free-throw line.  The Terriers were led by Shields’ 24 points on nine-of-24 shooting (37.5 percent).  She also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds to complete the double-double.  Smyers was second with 20 points and Thomas rounded out the high scorers with 10 points.

Hiram will wrap-up the 2011-12 regular season when it travels to Granville for a NCAC matchup against Denison University on Saturday, Feb. 18.  The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Erases Halftime Deficit to Beat Ohio Wesleyan University

February 11, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team outscored Ohio Wesleyan University, 38-27, in the second half and held on to beat the Battling Bishops, 62-58, this afternoon (Saturday, Feb. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 8-15 overall and 5-10 in the NCAC.  The Bishops are now 9-14 overall and 5-9 NCAC.

Both teams started out slow in the first half, but the opening period did feature five ties and six lead changes.  Hiram led by four points, 14-10, just under the midway point of the half thanks to a three-pointer by freshman guard Larissa Davis (Cleveland Heights).  OWU responded with a 7-0 scoring run that put the Bishops up 17-14 with 7:31 left before halftime.  The Terriers regained control with a mini 6-0 run of their own to make the score 20-17 at the 5:25 mark.  But momentum swung back in favor of the Bishops to end the half thanks to a 14-0 run that gave OWU a comfortable 31-20 margin with 1:27 left before the break.  Hiram stopped the bleeding with four straight points, all from Davis, to end the scoring, but the Terriers still trailed 31-24 at the intermission.

The Hiram shooting picked up in the second half as the Terriers shot 44.8 percent (13-of-29) and held OWU to just 21.9 percent shooting (seven-of-32) in the final 20 minutes.  The Bishops led by as many as seven points early in the period, but Hiram began to make its run and later evened the score at 43-43 on a jumper by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 9:17 remaining in the game.  The Terriers eventually took the lead but OWU would come back to take a one-point advantage, 50-49, at the 4:12 mark.  Hiram took the lead for good with an ensuing 8-0 run that was sparked by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) which later led to a 57-50 margin for the Terriers with 2:17 to go.  OWU made the game interesting down the stretch, pulling to within two points, 60-58, with just 10 seconds left.  A pair of critical free-throws by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) ended up sealing the victory for the Terriers as Hiram held on for a 62-58 come-from-behind win.

The OWU offense was led by the combination of Tamra Londot and LaNiece McRae who both scored 11 points.  Both also had big games on the glass with Londot recording nine rebounds and McRae posting a game-high 16 boards.  Julia Grimsley was the only other Bishop player in double-figures with 10 points.

The Terriers were led by Shields with a game-high 12 points on five-of-15 shooting (33.3 percent) to go along with six rebounds.  Thomas also scored in double-digits with 10 points.  In addition, junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.

Hiram will host Ursuline College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the regular-season home finale at Price Gym.  It will be senior night and will also be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will take on the Arrows at 6 p.m., followed by the men against Oberlin College at 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Falls to Ohio Wesleyan University

February 11, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College men’s basketball team lost, 79-73, to Ohio Wesleyan University today (Saturday, Feb. 11) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 13-10 overall and 6-8 in the NCAC.  The Battling Bishops improve to 17-6 overall and 9-5 NCAC.

The first half featured four ties and 10 lead changes with neither team leading by more than seven points.  OWU recorded its largest lead of the period of five points, 14-9, at the 13:50 mark.  Later in the half, both teams were tied at 28-28 when Hiram went on a 12-3 scoring run that gave the Terriers their largest margin of seven points, 38-31, on a jumper by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) with just under two minutes to go.  The Bishops tallied the only points in the final minutes to cut the deficit to 38-33 at the break.

In the second half, OWU battled back to tie the game at 48-48 with 13:58 left to play.  The Bishops would later take the lead and would have a six-point advantage at the 9:41 mark.  Hiram got to within three points on its ensuing possession thanks to a three-pointer by Stefanov to make the score 60-57.  But OWU answered with a 9-0 run to record a double-digit lead, 69-57, with 5:37 left to play.  Hiram came back to get to within five points on two occassions down the stretch, including a 78-73 deficit with 11 seconds remaining following a triple by junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth).  But time would not be on the Terrier’s side as the Bishops connected on a pair of free-throws after the Sheppard basket that all but iced the game for OWU and preserved a 79-73 victory.

Both teams shot well from the floor with the edge going in favor of Hiram who shot 47.0 percent (31-of-66) and OWU shot 43.5 percent (27-of-62).  The difference came at the free-throw line with the Bishops taking 26 attempts and connecting on 19 (73.1 percent). The Terriers took just five attempts from the charity stripe and made two (40.0 percent).

OWU was led in scoring by Tim Brady with a game-high 26 points on eight-of-17 shooting (47.1 percent), including nine-of-10 (90.0 percent) at the free-throw line.  Andy Winters was the other Bishop player in double-figures with 15 points.  In addition, Vaughn Spaulding and Marshall Morris each grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Hiram was led by the duo of Sheppard and senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid) with 18 points each.  Watkins also grabbed eight boards.  Stefanov also scored in double-figures with 15 points.  Senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) posted a game-high 10 rebounds.

Hiram will host Oberlin College on Wednesday, Feb. 15 in the regular-season finale at Price Gym.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team.  The women will host Ursuline College at 6 p.m., followed by the men against Yeomen at 8 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Posts Win Against Allegheny (Pa.) College

February 8, 2012

Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) poured in a game-high 26 points as the Hiram College men’s basketball team beat Allegheny (Pa.) College, 83-68, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers improve to 13-9 overall and 6-7 in the NCAC.  The Gators fall to 5-17 overall and 3-10 NCAC.

Hiram looked to make a statement early, outscoring Allegheny, 17-4, in the first 5:58 that was capped by a three-pointer by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) at the 14:02 minute mark.  The triple would be one of four Stefanov recorded on the night.  Allegheny came right back though with a 10-2 scoring run of its own to pull to within five points, 19-14, with 11:14 left in the half.  The Gators got as close as four points, 21-17, but an ensuing 9-0 run by Hiram that ended in a jumper by Stefanov pushed the Terrier lead back to double-figures at 13 points, 30-17, with 6:21 left before halftime.  Hiram maintained a sizeable advantage the rest of the period and took a 38-27 lead into the locker rooms.

Near the midway point of the second half, another 9-0 run by Hiram that was capped by a fastbreak dunk by Watkins, gave the Terriers a comfortable 20-point lead, 63-43, with 10:32 left in the game.  Allegheny mounted one final charge late in the game and managed to cut the Hiram lead to just eight points, 72-64, with three minutes to go.  Following back-to-back buckets by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) and Watkins, the Gators were forced to foul and sent the Terriers to the free-throw line where Hiram connected on seven-of-nine attempts in the final 1:08 to clinch the 83-68 victory.

Allegheny shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the field, including 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) at the free-throw line.  The Gators were led in scoring by the duo of James Ness and Ryan Stanko who both scored 23 points.  David DiBernardi was the only other Gator player in double-figures with 10 points.  In addition, Clark Tritto grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Hiram shot an impressive 60.8 percent overall from the floor (31-of-51), including an equally impressive 58.3 percent (seven-of-12) from behind the arc.  Watkins paced the Terriers with his 26 points on 12-of-17 shooting (70.6 percent).  He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.  Stefanov was second with 22 points and finished four-0f-six (66.7 percent) from three-point range.  Junior guard Alan Sheppard rounded out the high scorers with 16 points.

Hiram will host Ohio Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 11 in a NCAC game at Price Gym.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team.  The women will also take on OWU beginning at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Defeated by Allegheny (Pa.) College

February 8, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Three players scored in double-figures, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team lost a 70-56 decision against Allegheny (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 8) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 7-15 overall and 4-10 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 14-8 overall and 9-4 NCAC.

Both teams were tied at 2-2 in the opening minutes of the first half, but Hiram then went into a 6:46 scoring drought that allowed Allegheny to gain some breathing room with 11 straight points to grab a 13-2 advantage at the 12:36 mark.  Freshman guard Kelsey Koskinen (Madison) ended the drought with a three-pointer that sparked a mini 5-0 scoring run to pull Hiram to within six points, 13-7, with 11:45 left in the period.  That would be as close as the Terriers would get in the half as the Gators began to pull away with a series of scoring runs and posted their largest lead in the first 20 minutes of 17 points on two occassions, including a halftime score of 35-18.

Hiram fell behind by 20 points early in the second half.  But the Terrier shooting picked up as Hiram shot 41.2 percent (14-of-34) in the period and got to within 11 points on two occassions with the last one being a 49-38 deficit on a pair of free-throws by freshman guard Larissa Davis (Cleveland Heights) with 12:15 left in the game.  Allegheny ended the possible comeback with an ensuing 9-3 run to put the Gators back up by 19 points, 60-41, with 9:44 to go.  Hiram narrowed the gap to 12 points late in the game, but the early deficit would prove to be too much as Allegheny went on to the 70-56 final.

The Gators shot 45.3 percent (29-of-64) from the field and out-rebounded Hiram, 58-22.  Allegheny was led in scoring by Heidi Goeller with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-18 shooting (55.6 percent).  She was also one of three players to record 10 or more rebounds with 10.  Daryl Ford was second with 18 points to go along with 15 boards.  Erica Restich rounded out the Gator high scorers with 14 points and had a game-high 18 rebounds.

Hiram ended up shooting 32.8 percent (20-of-61) from the floor and was led by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 11 points on five-of-12 shooting (41.7 percent).  Senior All-NCAC guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) and sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) both added 10 points.

Hiram will continue its three-game homestand on Saturday, Feb. 11 when it hosts Ohio Wesleyan University in a NCAC matchup at Price Gym.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will take on the Battling Bishops at 1 p.m., followed by the men against OWU at 3 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Rally Falls Shy of Denison University

February 4, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  — The Hiram College men’s basketball team couldn’t quite rally from a 16-point second half deficit as the Terriers fell to Denison University, 81-74, this afternoon (Saturday, Feb. 4) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Granville.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 12-9 overall and 5-7 in the NCAC.  The Big Red improve to 9-12 overall and 6-6 NCAC.

Both teams played at a back-and-forth pace in the first 10 minutes of the opening half with a total of nine lead changes.  Just past the midway point of the period, Denison went on a 9-0 scoring run that gave the Big Red an eight-point edge, 27-19, at the 7:06 mark.  Denison never trailed in the half again, but Hiram battled back to within four points late in the half, 32-28, on a three-pointer by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands), one of his four triples on the day, with 3:56 left before halftime.  The Big Red answered again with an ensuing 6-0 run to go up by 10 points, 38-28, on its way to an eight-point lead at the break, 42-34.

Denison extended the lead back to double-figures to begin the second half and led by as many as 16 points, 58-42, with 13:14 left to play.  Hiram then began to chip away at the deficit outscoring the Big Red, 19-8, to get to within five points, 66-61, thanks to a layup by senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 6:29 mark.  The Terriers later got as close as three points on two occassions, including a 72-69 deficit with 2:54 remaining following a pair of free-throws by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munore Falls).  Denison responded with an ensuing 6-0 run to build the lead back to a more comfortable nine points, 78-69, with 2:15 to go.  Hiram again got to within striking distance, narrowing the gap to four points, 78-74, with just under a minute remaining.  But a triple by the Big Red on their next possession would seal the victory for Denison by the final of 81-74.

Denison shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field and was led by Dimonde Hale with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting (62.5 percent) and also grabbed a team-tying high eight rebounds.  Larry Farmer was second in scoring with 14 points.  Three other Big Red players scored in double-figures with Alex Longi, Jim Leffew and Mike Garabedian all scoring 10 points.

Hiram shot 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the field, including 10-of-10 at the free-throw line.  The Terriers were led by Wiegand who scored 21 points on eight-of-15 shooting (53.3 percent), including four-of-eight (50.0 percent) from three-point range.  He also pulled down nine boards and had four assists.  Watkins was second in scoring with 16 points and had a game-high 10 rebounds.  Junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) scored 14 points in addition to dishing out a game-high seven assists.  Rounding out the high scorers was Stefanov with 12 points.

Hiram will play its next three games at home at Price Gymnasium beginning with a NCAC matchup against Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team.  The women will also take on the Gators at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Beaten By Nationally-Ranked DePauw (Ind.) University

February 4, 2012

GREENCASTLE, IND.  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by No. 5 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University, 85-43, today (Saturday, Feb. 4) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Greencastle, Ind.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers drop to 7-14 overall and 4-9 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 20-1 overall and 13-0 NCAC.

DePauw never ended up trailing in the game, but Hiram stayed with its opponent in the early minutes of the opening half, trailing by no more than five points in the first 5:39.  Shortly after, the Tigers gained some breathing room outscoring the Terriers, 12-6, to pad the lead to 11 points, 23-12, with 6:34 remaining in the first period.  DePauw went on to increase its lead to as many as 18 points, 37-19, and would take a sizeable advantage into the locker rooms with a halftime score of 39-22.

In the second half, DePauw continued to pull away as the Tigers shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33) from the field in the final 20 minutes as Hiram shot just 30.0 percent (six-of-20).  DePauw quickly exceeded the 20-point margin in the early minutes and went on to cruise to the 85-43 win.

For the game, DePauw shot 52.5 percent (32-of-61) from the field and held Hiram to 31.1 percent shooting overall (14-of-45).  Individually, the Tigers were led by Katie Aldrich with a game-high 20 points on eight-of-10 shooting (80.0 percent).  Ali Ross was second in scoring at 18 points and Savannah Trees added 10 points. 

The leading scorer for Hiram was junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with nine points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent). 

Hiram will return home to play its next three games at Price Gymnasium beginning with a NCAC game against Allegheny (Pa.) College on Wednesday, Feb. 8.  The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team who will also take on Allegheny.  That game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Low Scoring Second Half Gives Women’s Basketball Loss Against Wittenberg University

February 3, 2012

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s basketball team was outscored, 42-20, in the second half which allowed Wittenberg University to come away with a 66-41 victory tonight (Friday, Feb. 3) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Springfield.  [Game Stats]

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers are now 7-13 overall and 4-8 in the NCAC.  The Tigers improve to 10-9 overall and 6-5 NCAC.

Hiram opened the game with an 11-4 scoring run to take the early lead.  Wittenberg quickly bounced back with a 6-0 run of its own to cut the lead to a point, 11-10, with 11:08 left in the first half.  The Terriers scored on a layup by sophomore guard Marisa Thomas (Lorain/Amherst) at the 9:09 mark that ended the Wittenberg run and put Hiram back up by three points, 13-10.  But that would be the last points Hiram would score for the next 5:06 allowing the Tigers to take the lead on an 8-0 run for an 18-13 advantage with 4:03 left in the period.  Wittenberg never trailed again in the half and took a 24-21 lead into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Hiram shot just 25.0 percent (seven-of-28) as Wittenberg took control early, outscoring the Terriers, 11-3, in the first 3:44 to record its first double-figure lead of 11 points, 35-24, at the 16:16 mark.  Hiram later narrowed the gap to 10 points, 42-32, on a three-point play by junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark) with 10:45 left to go.  But that would be as close as the Terriers would get as Wittenberg blew the game open with a 13-2 run that put the Tigers up by as many as 21 points, 55-34, with 5:12 remaining.  Wittenberg went on to lead by as many as 27 points in the half en route to the 66-41 victory.

Wittenberg was led by Katelyn Haralamos with a game-high 15 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent).  Lyndsey Clark was the only other player in double-figures for the Tigers with 10 points. 

Hiram’s highest point scorer was senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with eight points on three-of-eight shooting (37.5 percent).  She also grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Hiram will look to get back on track tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 4) when it travels to Greencastle, Ind. for a NCAC game against No. 6 nationally-ranked DePauw (Ind.) University.  Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.

Softball Clinic Scheduled For Sunday, Feb. 5 Announces Change in Start Time

February 2, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College softball Positional Clinic that is scheduled for this Sunday, Feb. 5 will start at an earlier time than originally posted.

The clinic will now start at 9 a.m. and will last until 11 a.m.  Registration for the clinic will begin at 8:30 a.m.  For any questions or refunds, please contact Head Coach Kristin Tassey or Assistant Coach Kaylie Titus.  To contact Coach Tassey, please call (330) 569-5478 or email her at tasseyke@hiram.edu.  To reach Coach Titus, please call (330) 569-5969 or email her at tituske@hiram.edu.

The Skills Clinic start time will remain the same (9-11 a.m.).

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