HIRAM - Hiram's Calysia Smyers bookended Wednesday night's game with Heidelberg at the foul line.
Before the game clock even started in the first half, Heidelberg was assessed a technical foul, and Smyers hit one of two foul shots.
Then, with the game winding down and the score tied at 58, Heidelberg's Katheen Phillips fouled Smyers with less than two seconds left.
Once again, Smyers made the first foul shot and missed the second. HU's Paige Ricketts rebounded the miss and called timeout. But a 3-pointer at the buzzer missed, and Hiram beat the Student Princes, 59-58.
It wasn't a great game for Smyers statistically. She made just 1 of 8 shots from the floor and was 6 of eight from the foul line. But she finished with eight points and helped push the Terriers to 4-5 this season.
Heidelberg led 25-23 at the half, and led by as many as six at different points in the second half.
Hiram 59, Heidelberg 58
Heidelberg (3-4): Jordan Ickes 4-2-11; Emily Giel 1-0-3; Paige Ricketts 2-4-8; Kathleen Phillips 8-2-19; Megan Miller 4-3-11; Allie Hawkins 0-0-0; Nicole Payne 0-0-0; Kyra Dorney 1-1-3; Erin Pacholski 0-1-1; Kayla Zachrich 0-0-0; Erin Sims 1-0-2. Totals: 21-13-58.
Hiram (4-5): Samantha Morford 1-2-4; Danielle Day 3-2-8; Calysia Smyers 1-6-8; Marisa Thomas 3-0-7; Alexis Kemper 3-4-12; Chelsea Kovach 2-2-7; Kelsey Koskinen 1-0-2; Christy Griffin 3-1-7; Brenna Host 2-0-4. Totals: 19-17-59.
Field goals: Heidelberg 21-61; Hiram 19-53.
Foul shots: Heidelberg 13-16; Hiram 17-28.
3-point goals: Heidelberg 3-16 (Phillips 1-6, Giel 1-4, Ickes 1-2, Pacholski 0-1, Ricketts 0-3); Hiram 4-18 (Kemper 2-5, Thomas 1-4, Kovach 1-3, Smyers 0-4, Koskinen 0-2).
Rebounds: Heidelberg 29 (Ricketts 7, Miller 6); Hiram 51 (Day 10, Griffin 8).
Turnovers: Heidelberg 14; Hiram 25.
Assists: Heidelberg 11 (Phillips 4); Hiram 10
But the Terriers rallied behind 12 points from Alexis Kemper, and an impressive 51-29 rebounding advantage.
Phillips, who missed a jumper with seven seconds left in regulation that would have given the Student Princes (3-4) the lead, led all scorers with 19 points. Columbian graduate Megan Miller had 11 points and six rebounds for HU, while teammate Jordan Ickes had 11 points.