|Cat Fiorito looks for a lane in Sunday's contest against Hiram. She finished with five points.|
WOOSTER, Ohio – Seniors Anna Gibbs, Kyle Croxton and sophomore Maria Janasko contributed over 70 percent of The College of Wooster women's basketball team's scoring in a 91-85 loss to Hiram College on Sunday.
Croxton led all scorers and tied a career-high with 25 points. Janasko totaled a double-double with 10 rebounds and set a new career-high in points with 19. Gibbs scored 16 points and dished out a team-high five assists.
Tashauna Wright led Hiram with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Three others scored in double figures for the Terriers – Madison Branch (17), Josie Earnhardt (16) and Alainna Conroy (14).
Early on, Wooster turned an 8-7 deficit into a 15-8 lead after an 8-0 run. They led by as many as eight at 22-14 with 1:06 left in the quarter. Hiram cut the deficit to three by the end of the quarter at 23-20.
Hiram kept the momentum into the second quarter, scoring the first four points to take the lead and built it to as many as 10 with under a minute remaining in the half. By halftime, they led 47-38.
Three times in the third quarter a Janasko score cut the lead to one, but Wooster could never retake the lead. A late 3-pointer from Hiram's Josie Earnhardt gave the Terriers at 68-64 lead after three quarters.
Hiram scored the first four points of the fourth before Gibbs connected on a 3-pointer to bring the lead back to five. That began an 8-2 run as a layup from Cat Fiorito and a 3-pointer from Croxton made it 74-72 with 5:52 remaining.
However, Hiram countered with a 10-2 run and led by 10 with 1:07 to play.
The win moved Hiram to 9-9 overall and 3-6 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Wooster fell to 5-13 overall and 1-8 in conference play.
The 85 points was Wooster's second highest total of the season. The Scots shot 45 percent (29-for-64) from the floor, 48 percent (11-for-23) from range and 64 percent (16-for-25) from the foul line.
Hiram shot 51 percent (34-for-67) for the game, 31 percent (5-for-16) from deep and 82 percent (18-for-22) from the free throw line.
The Terriers outrebounded the Scots 42-28 and outscored the Scots in the paint 40-32. Both teams scored 11 points off second chance opportunities, and Wooster's bench outscored Hiram's 36-29.
Wooster returns to action Wednesday when they travel to Allegheny College. Allegheny won the prior meeting back in December 79-69.