The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Kenyon College, 83-60, in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium.
Hiram (5-15, 1-10 NCAC) led by a point, 9-8, early in the first half, but Kenyon (12-7, 7-4 NCAC) came back to take the lead and later took control thanks to a 12-2 scoring run to put the Ladies up by 10 points, 24-14, with 10:27 to go in the period. Hiram narrowed the gap back to single figures with an ensuing three-pointer by senior All-NCAC guard/forward Alexis Kemper (Centerville), but another run by Kenyon extended the margin back to double figures and the Ladies maintained their double-digit advantage the rest of the way. Kenyon eventually led by as many as 18 points in the half, 41-23, en route to having a 41-29 lead at halftime.
Kenyon began the second half with an 8-0 run to reach the 20-point lead plateau, 49-29, with 18:31 to go in the game. The Ladies recorded their largest lead of 27 points on multiple occasions, including a 77-50 mark with 3:39 to play. Kenyon would go on to post an 83-60 victory.
The Ladies shot 52.9 percent (27-of-51) overall for the game, including 57.9 percent (11-of-19) from three-point range and 85.7 percent (18-of-21) at the free-throw line. The Ladies were led in scoring by Maggie Boelter with 19 points. Maureen Hirt was second with 17 points and Meredith Williams added 14 points.
Hiram shot 35.2 percent (19-of-54) from the field and had two players score in double figures. Freshman guard Kayla Yost (Sandusky/Perkins) led the Terriers with 16 points with nine of those points coming at the foul line (nine-of-10). She was also three-of-three in field goal attempts. Freshman forward Brianne Goodrich (Chesterland/West Geauga) was the other Hiram player in double digits with 10 points. In addition, senior guard Danielle Day (Newbury) grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
Hiram will travel to Springfield for a NCAC game against Wittenberg University on Friday, Feb. 7. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.