Stefanov and Watkins Score a Combined 56 Points in Men’s Basketball Win Against Kenyon College

February 1, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munore Falls) and Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a combined 56 points, with Stefanov posting a career-high 30 points, as the Hiram College men’s basketball beat Kenyon College, 96-79, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 1) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 12-8 overall and 5-6 in the NCAC.  The Lords fall to 9-11 overall and 3-8 NCAC.

Kenyon scored the game’s first two points on a pair of free-throws, but Hiram then scored five straight points on a layup by junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) and a three-pointer by junior guard Justin Wisniewski (Macedonia/Nordonia) to give the Terriers a 5-2 lead and never trailed in the game again.  Near the midway point of the opening half, Hiram recorded its first double-figure lead of the game of 11 points, 20-9, on a triple by senior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) and would eventually lead by as many as 13 points in the period, 28-15, on a jumper by Stefanov with 7:10 left before halftime.  The closest the Lords would get in the half was eight points, 33-25, at the 3:52 mark, but the Terriers extended the margin back to double-digits and took a 41-29 advantage into the locker rooms.

Kenyon narrowed the gap to nine points, 46-37, early in the second half, but Hiram then went on a 17-7 scoring run that ended in a jumper by Watkins to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game at 19 points, 63-44, with 11:53 left to play.  Hiram would find itself up by only 10 points, 85-75, at the 2:38 mark as Kenyon began to foul in a final effort to gain some ground.  The Terriers made eight-of-10 free-throws to end the game, including a stretch of seven straight, to end the threat of a further Kenyon comeback and went on to claim the 96-79 victory.

Both teams shot well from the floor with Hiram shooting 54.8 percent (34-of-62) overall and Kenyon shot 52.2 percent (35-of-67).  The difference in the game came at the free-throw line as the Terriers took 22 attempts and made 19 (86.4 percent).  The Lords ended up shooting four-of-five (80.0 percent) at the charity stripe.

Kenyon was led in scoring by Brian Lebowitz with 18 points on nine-of-16 shooting (56.3 percent).  Ikenna Nwadibia was second with 15 points and was followed by Anthony Chun with 13 points.  Rounding out the high scorers for the Lords was John Bray with 11 points.

Hiram was led by Stefanov’s 30 points on nine-of-14 shooting (64.3 percent), including four-of-seven (57.1 percent) from behind the arc, and a perfect eight-of-eight at the free-throw line.  Watkins was second with 26 points and Wiegand added 14 points to go along with a game-high eight rebounds.  Sheppard completed the list of double-figure scorers for the Terriers with 10 points.

Hiram will travel to Granville for a NCAC matchup against Denison University on Saturday, Feb. 4.  The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

Durichko Scores a Career-High 20 Points to Lead Women’s Basketball Past Oberlin College

January 31, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior All-North Coast Athletic Conference guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) scored a career-high 20 points as the Hiram College women’s basketball team defeated Oberlin College, 65-58, tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 31) in a NCAC matchup at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 7-12 overall and 4-7 in the NCAC.  The Yeowomen fall to 5-15 overall and 2-19 NCAC.

Oberlin jumped out to an early 9-2 lead in the first half, but Hiram then outscored the Yeowomen, 14-4, over the course of 5:11 to give the Terriers the lead, 16-13, at the 11:57 mark.  Oberlin tied the game at 16-16 on its ensuing possession and both teams traded leads in the next few minutes until a three-pointer by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) with 6:40 left to go in the period sparked an 11-2 scoring run to put the Terriers up by seven points, 32-25, with 3:59 left in the half.  The Yeowomen hung around and later cut the lead to four points, 32-28, on a triple, but Hiram tallied the final points of the half on consecutive buckets by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) and Shields giving the Terriers a sizeable 36-28 advantage at the break.

In the second half, Hiram looked to run away with the game on back-to-back three pointers by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) and Durichko to give the Terriers their largest lead of the game of 14 points, 42-28, with 19:00 left in the contest.  Oberlin battled back, outscoring Hiram, 9-2, to cut the deficit to single digits, 44-37, at the 13:20 mark.  Hiram eventually built its lead back to above 10 points with a 12-point margin, 59-47, with 2:18 left to play on a jumper by Shields.  The Yeowomen made one final charge down the stretch with an ensuing 9-1 run to get to within four points, 60-56, with just 18 seconds to go.  Hiram connected on five-of-six free-throw attempts in the final seconds to hang on for the 65-58 victory.

Oberlin was led in scoring by Allison Gannon with a game-high 21 points on seven-of-13 shooting (53.8 percent) to go along with a game-high 13 rebounds.  Christina Marquette and Kelly Warlich were the other two Yeowomen players in double-figures with 12 points each.

Hiram was led by Durichko’s 20 points on seven-of-12 shooting (58.3 percent).  Smyers and Shields both rounded out the high scorers with 12 points each.  Smyers also grabbed a team-tying high seven rebounds.

Hiram will play its next two games on the road beginning with a conference matchup against Wittenberg University on Friday, Feb. 3 in Springfield.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Player Tiffany Shields Named This Week’s NCAC Player of the Week

January 30, 2012

CLEVELAND, OHIO  –  Hiram College women’s basketball player and senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) has been named this week’s North Coast Athletic Conference player of the week.

Hiram posted a 1-1 record this past week that included a 54-50 win against Denison University on Saturday (Jan. 28) at Price Gymnasium.  The Terriers currently have a 6-12 overall record and 3-7 in the NCAC.

In two games, Shields averaged 15.0 points per game and 8.5 rebounds per game.  She shot 34.4 percent (11-of-32) from the field for the week.  In the game against Allegheny, Shields was a rebound away from posting a double-double having scored 10 points and nine rebounds.  She also had three assists, two steals and a blocked shot.  In the win against the Big Red, she scored a game-high 20 points to go along with a team-best eight rebounds.

For the season, Shields is the team-leader in scoring with a 12.4 ppg. average on 36.4 percent (82-of-225) shooting.  She also leads the team in three-pointers made (27), rebounding (5.9 rpg.) and blocked shots (12).  In addition, Shields has recorded 23 assists and 20 steals.

Hiram will host Oberlin College on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in a NCAC game at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Teams Fall to Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College in Regular-Season Finale

January 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, PA.  –  The Hiram College swimming and diving teams lost a non-conference dual meet against Washington & Jefferson (Pa.) College today (Saturday, Jan. 28) in the regular-season finale in Washington, Pa.  The Terrier women were defeated, 123-94, and the men lost, 86-57.  [Meet Results]

Following today’s outcome, the Hiram women end the regular season with a 5-9 overall record and the men finish the season with a mark of 2-10 in dual meet competition.

The women had one event winner in freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) who captured the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 57.84 seconds.  She also finished third in the 200-yard free with a mark of 2:07.27.  Other top finishes included a second-place showing by senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley/Granite Hills) in the 1650-yard free (19:35.97).  She also placed third in the 500-yard free (5:53.84) event.  Fellow senior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) recorded a time of 2:34.08 to finish third in the 200-yard butterfly.

The men were led by sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) who won the 200-yard breaststroke in a time of 2:28.69.  He also finished third in the 100-yard free (52.11 seconds).  The other top finish for the men was turned in by sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) who placed third overall in teh 200-yard backstroke (2:18.28).

The Hiram swim teams will next prepare for the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships which will be held on Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 16-18 at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton.  The first event on Thursday is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Men’s Basketball Falls Short of No. 19 The College of Wooster

January 28, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Despite the final score, the Hiram College men’s basketball team lost a hard-fought game against No. 19 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster, 88-73, this afternoon (Saturday, Jan. 28) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

Following today’s game, the Terriers are now 11-8 overall and 4-6 in the NCAC.  The Fighting Scots improve to 16-3 overall and 7-3 NCAC.

Both teams played a competitive first half with four ties and five lead changes.  Hiram got off to a quick start outscoring Wooster 11-4 in the first 5:18 to take the early lead.  Wooster answered with an 11-2 scoring run to take the lead, 15-13, at the 11:45 minute mark.  The Scots later looked to take control boasting a nine-point advantage, 35-26, with 4:30 left before the intermission.  But senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) later connected on a basket that sparked an 8-0 run to get the Terriers to within a point, 35-34, with 2:53 left in the period.  Hiram would not take the lead however in the final minutes, despite evening the score at 38-38 on a bucket by junior guard Alan Sheppard (Wadsworth) with 49 seconds remaining in the half.  The Scots took the lead on their ensuing possession and held on to the two-point edge, 40-38, at the break.

The teams continued their back-and-fourth play in the early minutes of the second half.  Wooster began to pull away near the midway point of the period taking a seven-point lead, 60-53, at the 12:22 mark.  Following a basket by Watkins, the Scots took control with a 10-0 run extending their lead to double-figures for the first time in the game with a score of 70-55 with 8:34 left in the game.  Hiram would have to play catchup the rest of the way and narrowed the gap to 10 points, 77-67, thanks to a layup by Watkins at the 4:39 mark.  But Wooster proved too strong in the end as the Scots increased the lead back to 15 points thanks to an ensuing 5-0 mini run and went on to capture the 88-73 victory.

Both teams shot well from the floor with the edge going in favor of Wooster who shot 46.7 percent (28-of-60) overall.  Hiram finished the game shooting 45.2 percent (28-of-62) from the field.  The difference for the Scots came from three-point range and at the foul line as Wooster converted 42.3 percent (11-of-26) from long range and took 31 free-throw attempts, making 21 of those attempts.

Wooster was led in scoring by Justin Hallowell with a game-high 23 points on seven-of-14 shooting (50.0 percent).  Matt Fegan ended the game with 20 points and Kenny DeBoer rounded out the high scorers for Wooster with 15 points.

Watkins paced Hiram with 20 points on nine-of-16 shooting (56.3 percent).  He also grabbed a game-tying high eight rebounds and added a game-high six assists.  Two other Terrier players scored in double-figures with Sheppard scoring 14 points and junior forward Steve Zivoder (Nelson/Garfield) added 12 points.

Hiram will look to rebound from today’s loss when it hosts Kenyon College on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Rallies to Beat Denison University

January 28, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Hiram College women’s basketball team past Denison University, 54-50, today (Saturday, Jan. 28) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.  [Game Stats]

With the win, the Terriers improve to 6-12 overall and 3-7 in the NCAC.  The Big Red are now 12-7 overall and 5-5 NCAC.

Denison opened the game by scoring the first seven points and quickly built a double-figure lead, 13-2, at the 12:15 mark.  The Big Red went on to lead by as many as 12 points in the first half, 17-5, with 9:18 left before halftime.  Momentum then shifted in favor of Hiram as the Terrier shooting started to find its mark and the Denison shooting went cold.  Hiram ended the half outscoring Denison, 23-5, including a 19-3 scoring run in the final 6:04 that ended in a jumper by Shields with three seconds left giving the Terriers a 28-22 lead at the break.

In the second half, it would be Denison who struggled early on as Hiram outscored the Big Red, 11-4, and recorded its largest lead of the game of 13 points, 39-26, on a another bucket by Shields with 12:53 left to play in the game.  But Denison looked to mount a rally of its own and battled back to within three points, 41-38, later in the half at the 6:18 mark.  The Terriers got some breathing room as they increased their lead to eight points, 48-40, thanks to a three-pointer by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) with just over four minutes to go.  The Big Red would not go away and got to within four points on two occassions, including a 54-50 deficit with nine seconds remaining.  But that would be as close as Denison would get as Hiram held on for the 54-50 victory.

Hiram shot 44.0 percent (22-of-50) from the field as Denison shot 37.5 percent (21-of-56) from the field.  The difference would come from turnovers as the Big Red turned over the ball 20 times which the Terriers converted into 21 points.

Individually, Denison was led in scoring by Nicole Coggins with 14 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent).  Lydia Harlan was second with 12 points and Serafina Nuzzo added 10 points.  In addition, Jane Windler grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Hiram was led by Shields’ 20 points on eight-of-19 shooting (42.1 percent).  She also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.  The other Terrier player in double-digits was Kovach with 13 points.

The Terriers will host Oberlin College on Tuesday, Jan. 31 in a NCAC game at Price Gym.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Teams Earn Split Against Urbana University in Regular-Season Home Finale

January 27, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The Hiram College swimming and diving teams earned a split against Urbana University tonight (Friday, Jan. 27) in the regular-season home finale at Alumni Memorial Pool.  The Terrier women defeated the Blue Knights, 129-97, but the men lost, 102-87.  [Meet Results]

Following tonight’s meet, the women end the regular season with a 5-8 overall record.  The men finish with a 2-9 mark.

The women had several multiple event winners including freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) who captured three events in the 50-meter backstroke (34.56 seconds), the 50-meter freestyle (29.84 seconds) and the 100-meter free (1:04.78).  Senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley/Granite Hills) also won a trio of events including the 800-meter free (10:50.40), the 400-meter free (5:17.38) and the 200-meter individual medley (2:50.92).  Senior diver Sydney Kispert-Bostick (Detroit, Mich./Frazer) won both the one-meter and three-meter dives with point totals of 135.55 and 135.50 respectively.  Freshman Samantha Polmanteer (Berkley, Mich./Berkley) touched the wall first in both the 50-meter breaststroke (39.31 seconds) and 100-meter breast (1:27.54) events.  Rounding out the event winners was senior Amelia Dorschel (Rochester, N.Y./Greece Athena) who posted a winning time of 1:18.72 in the 100-meter butterfly.  The women also swept both relay events.  Senior Becca Szanto (Bainbridge/Kenston), Polmanteer, Dorschel and sophomore Jessica Gruden (Sagamore Hills/Western Reserve Academy) recorded a combined time of 2:18.75 to win the 200-meter medley relay.  Buckley, Gruden, freshman Rebecca Wright (New Carlisle/Northwestern Local) and Szanto had a winning time of 2:03.33 in teh 200-meter free relay.

On the men’s side, sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) had the winning time in three events including the 50-meter breast (33.26 seconds), the 100-meter breast (1:12.88) and the 200-meter IM (2:30.58).  Freshman Lloyd Eshelman (Canton/GlenOak) won both the one-meter (177.40 points) and three-meter (160.75) diving events.  Completing the list of event winners was sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) who had the winning mark in the 800-meter free of 10:07.08.

The Hiram swim teams will wrap-up the 2011-12 regular season tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 28) when the Terriers travel to Washington, Pa. for a non-conference dual meet against Washington & Jefferson College.  The first event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Beaten by Allegheny (Pa.) College

January 25, 2012

Senior guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 65-60 loss against Allegheny (Pa.) College tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 25) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]

Following tonight’s game, the Terriers fall to 11-7 overall and 4-5 in the NCAC.  The Gators improve to 4-14 overall and 2-7 NCAC.

Hiram led Allegheny in the early minutes of the first half, but would only boast as much as a five-point edge, 13-8, in the first 8:31.  The Gators took their first lead of the game with 11:29 left in the period and the two teams would go back-and-forth the rest of the way.  The Terriers had a four-point advantage, 25-21, with 6:00 left before halftime thanks to a jumper by Watkins and later looked to be headed to a slim one-point lead at the break, but Allegheny evened the score at 30-30 on one-of-two free-throws just before time expired at the end of half.

Allegheny began the second half with an 11-6 scoring run to claim its largest lead of the game of seven points, 41-34, for the first time at the 16:57 mark.  Hiram battled back holding the Gators scoreless during the next 3:43 while scoring four unanswered points on a pair of jumpers by sophomore guard Aaron Stefanov (Stow/Stow-Munroe Falls) to pull the Terriers to within three points, 41-38, with 13:14 to go.  Hiram would never take the lead as Allegheny extended its lead back to seven points on back-to-back buckets of its own making the score, 45-38.  The Terriers made one final push late in the game and got to within a point on several occassions, including a 52-51 deficit on a three-pointer by Stefanov with 4:47 to play.  But that would be as close as Hiram would get as the Terriers could not take control from the Gators in the final minutes and Allegheny went to claim the 65-60 victory.

Allegheny shot 40.3 percent (25-of-62) from the field and was led by the duo of Devone McLeod and James Ness who both scored 14 points.  Ness also added seven rebounds.  Ryan Stanko was the other Gator player in double-figures with 13 points.  In addition, Clark Tritto grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.

Hiram shot 43.4 percent (23-of-53) for the game and was led by Watkins’ 22 points on nine-of-15 shooting (60.0 percent).  Stefanov finished the game with 17 points to round out the high scorers.

Hiram will play its next two games at home beginning with a NCAC matchup against No. 19 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Price Gymnasium.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier women’s team.  The women will host Denison University at 1 p.m., followed by the men against the Fighting Scots at 3 p.m.

Women’s Basketball Comes Up Short Against Allegheny (Pa.)

January 25, 2012

The Hiram College women’s basketball team fell short of Allegheny (Pa.) College, 51-46, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game tonight (Wednesday, Jan. 25) in Meadville, Pa.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers are now 5-12 overall and 2-7 in the NCAC.  The Gators improves to 13-5 overall and 8-1 NCAC.

In the first half, Allegheny scored the game’s first points, but Hiram then went on a 10-0 scoring run to take a 10-2 lead with a layup by junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) at the 15:11 mark.  The Gators eventually regained the lead a few minutes later as part of a 9-0 run making the score 13-12 with 7:21 left to play in the period.  Both teams traded leads late in the half, but a mini 6-0 run by Allegheny in the final 4:04 gave the Gators a 26-20 advantage at the intermission.

Allegheny never trailed in the second half and looked to be headed to victory leading by as many as nine points, 45-36, late in the period with 4:03 left to play.  Hiram then outscored Allegheny, 10-2, to get to within a point, 47-46, on a three-pointer by Kovach with 1:17 to go.  The Gators sealed the win with a basket and two free-throws as a pair of costly turnovers by the Terriers in the final seconds gave Allegheny the 51-46 victory.

Allegheny shot 35.9 percent (23-of-64) from the field and went 0-for-12 from behind the three-point line.  The Gators had one player score in double-figures in Daryl Ford with a game-high 18 points on seven-of-eight shooting (87.5 percent) and grabbed a game-tying high 10 rebounds.  Teammate Heidi Goeller tied Ford in rebounds with 10.

Hiram shot just 26.7 percent (16-of-60) from the field and 34.8 percent (eight-of-23) from behind the arc.  Kovach led the Terriers with 15 points on five-of-13 shooting (38.5 percent) and a team-tying high nine rebounds.  Senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) added 10 points and nine boards.

Hiram will host Denison University in a NCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 28 at Price Gymnasium.  The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will take on the Big Red at 1 p.m., followed by the men against No. 19 nationally-ranked The College of Wooster at 3 p.m.

Swim Teams Fall to John Carroll University

January 21, 2012

HIRAM, OHIO  — The Hiram College swimming and diving teams were defeated by John Carroll University today (Saturday, Jan. 21) in a non-conference dual meet at Alumni Memorial Pool.  The women lost, 191-71, and the men fell, 197-87.  [Meet Results]

Following today’s meet, the Terrier women are now 4-8 overall this season and the men are now 2-8 overall.

Event winners for the women included senior Caitlin McCurley (Apple Valley/Granite Hills) in the 800-meter freestyle who swam a time of 10:16.95.  Freshman Rachel Buckley (Amherst/Elyria Catholic) captured the 100-meter free posting a mark of 1:04.08.  She would also finish second in the 200-meter free touching the wall in a time of 2:24.07.  Senior Sydney Kispert-Bostick (Detroit, Mich./Frazer) won both the one-meter and three-meter diving events with 142.50 points and 137.55 points respectively.

On the men’s side, sophomore Job Fields (Chillicothe) won the 800-meter free in a time of 9:53.95.  He also recorded a second-place finish in the 400-meter free (4:46.63).  Fellow sophomore Ryan Astalos (Bainbridge/Kenston) had the top overall time in the 1:14.66 in the 100-meter breaststroke.  He also had the top mark in the 50-meter breast (34.09).  In addition, freshman Lloyd Eshelman (Canton/GlenOak) won both the one-meter (178.55 points) and three-meter (166.55 points) dives.

The Hiram swim teams will host Urbana University in a non-conference dual meet on Friday, Jan. 27 in the home finale at Alumni Memorial Pool.  The first event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

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