Posted: Feb 07, 2020
HIRAM, Ohio – February 7, 2020– Hiram College women's basketball junior Tashauna Wright became the eighth player in Hiram women's basketball history to tally 1,000 career points, as the Terriers fell to Wittenberg 68-60, Friday night.
The junior finished the day with a team-high 27 points, nine rebounds, and shot 4-for-5 from the charity stripe. Wright came into tonight's competition ranked second in the conference in points per game (20.4) placing her in the top 20 in the nation.
The guard's scoring performance tonight gave her 1,001 career points. Wright is the first person to hit the 1,000-point milestone since Mercedes Jones in the 2016-2017 season.
"This accomplishment is a reflection of hard work and determination," said head coach Alex Dellas. "TT spends extra hours in the gym, weight room, and watching film to better herself and our team. Proud is an understatement. We are thrilled for her and cannot wait to see how she'll continue to lead this team and program over the next year and a half."
In addition to Wright, junior Alainna Conroy was the only other Terrier with double-digits as she picked up 18 points and seven boards.
Sophomore Cici Bright scored the first Hiram basket, knotting the score at 2-2 inside the first minute of the game.
The Terriers and the Tigers traded shots within the first quarter producing four lead changes and five ties.
The last tie was inside the last three minutes when freshman Taylor Valaitis hit two shots from the charity stripe (16-16).
Wittenberg closed out the quarter with nine unanswered baskets to take a 25-16 lead.
Despite, Hiram holding a slight 14-10 advantage in scoring the Tigers took a double-digit lead in the second (31-20).
From there, the Terriers used a 10-4 run to close the gap, trailing 35-30 after the first twenty minutes of work.
Conroy cut Wittenberg's lead to three (35-32) before the Tigers maintained the offensive edge, leading 52-41 going into the final quarter.
Hiram used a 10-4 swing, which served as the final offensive push putting Wittenberg in reach by three points (56-53).
Under the final four minutes, the Tigers cemented their win outscoring the Terriers 12-7 in the remaining time (68-60).
Hiram will have a quick turnaround as they return to the court on Saturday, Feb. 8 to take on #4 DePauw. The matchup with the Tigers is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.