The Denison women's basketball team picked up their seventh consecutive victory and improved their North Coast Athletic Conference lead to one game after a 54-45 victory over Hiram on Wednesday night at Price Gym.
Leading by just three points after the first quarter, the Big Red opened the second with an 8-0 run that gave DU its first double-digit lead of the contest. After five minutes of exchanging buckets, Denison junior Jordan Holmes closed out the first-half scoring with a jumper in the paint that gave the Big Red a 24-13 lead at the intermission.
Denison led by double figures for the entire third quarter, with their largest lead coming at 7:03 following a Kellie Arter 3-pointer. Arter also capped off the third-period scoring with a jumper inside the final minute that gave the Big Red a 14-point lead heading into the final stanza. With 34 seconds left in the third, Holmes corralled her 15th rebound of the game which moved her into third place on the NCAC's career rebounds list, passing former Wittenberg standout Danielle Rogers (1989-93).
Senior Taylor Lindquist gave DU its largest lead of the night when she knocked down a jumper with 7:05 left in regulation. Despite the almost 20-point deficit, the scrappy Hiram squad engineered a 12-2 run over the course of three and a half minutes to shrink the margin to eight with just under three minutes to play. However, eight was as close as the Terriers got thanks to a 6-for-6 showing from Denison at the foul line over the final 55 seconds. Junior Gabrielle Nottage provided the first two free throws, while Lindquist converted all four of her attempts.
Denison nearly doubled Hiram's rebounding total as they held a 51-27 advantage on the glass. DU also scored 30 of its 54 points in the paint, while holding the Terriers to just 18 points down low.
Holmes led all scorers with 22 points after going 8-for-11 from the field and 6-for-8 at the charity stripe. The junior also posted game highs with 19 rebounds, six blocks and four steals. Lindquist followed with eight points and a team-high three assists, while Arter chipped in seven points. Nottage, Emily Krumpe and Gaby Mehringer all had five boards apiece.
Mercedes Jones paced Hiram with 17 points, while Erica Johnson had a team-best eight rebounds. Allison Vannoy handed out three assists, while Dana Perrotta and Savana Lowery came off the bench to provide eight and seven points, respectively.
Denison, winners of 12 of their last 13, improves to 14-3 overall and 7-1 in conference play. With the loss, Hiram falls to 10-7 on the year and 4-4 in league action. The Big Red kicks off the second half of the NCAC schedule on Saturday when they travel to Ohio Wesleyan. Tip-off from Delaware, Ohio is slated for 1 p.m.