Big Red falls at Hiram

Lydia Harlan logged 12 points and 8 boards in 25 minutes of action.
Lydia Harlan logged 12 points and 8 boards in 25 minutes of action.

The Denison women's basketball team suffered a 54-50 setback at Hiram in North Coast Athletic Conference play on Saturday afternoon.

Things looked good for the Big Red early on as they scored 13 of the first 15 points.  The early run was capped off by a pair of three-pointers from first-year Lydia Harlan.  Hiram methodically chipped away at the deficit, closing the gap to three with less than four minutes to play in the first half.  Trailing 22-16, the Terriers rattled off 12-straight points to close out the period.

Hiram built its largest lead of the game at 39-26 seven minutes into the second period.  Denison closed the gap to three over the next 6+ minutes, but the Terriers held on down the stretch to secure the victory.  The loss snapped Denison's 24-game winning streak against Hiram that dated back to the 1999-2000 season.

Denison shot 38 percent (21-for-56) from the floor, and 21 percent (4-for-19) from behind the arc, while Hiram hit 44 percent (22-for-50) from the field and 50 percent (6-for-12) from three-point range.  Additionally, the Terriers turned 20 Big Red turnovers into 21 points.

Junior Nicole Coggins paced DU with 14 points, while Harlan added 12 points and eight rebounds.  Serafina Nuzzo chipped in 10 tallies, while Jane Windler grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

Hiram's Tiffany Shields led all scorers with 20 points to go along with eight boards, while Chelsea Kovach chipped in 13 points, four assists and two steals.

DU falls to 12-7 overall and 5-5 in the NCAC, while the Terriers improve to 6-12 and 3-7 in the conference.  Denison returns to action on Tuesday (Jan. 31) when they host the College of Wooster at 7:30 p.m.