GAMBIER, OHIO — Freshman forward Samantha Morford (Jefferson) scored a game-high 18 points in a 63-40 loss against Kenyon College today (Saturday, Dec. 17) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game in Gambier. [Game Stats]
Following today’s game, the Terriers are now 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC. The Ladies improve to 7-2 overall and 2-0 NCAC.
Kenyon jumped out early, scoring the first nine points of the game to take an early 9-0 lead. Hiram didn’t record its first basket until the 13:15 minute mark on a jumper by junior guard/forward Amy Geisman (Middleburg Heights/Midpark). Following the Geisman bucket, the Ladies then went on a 7-2 scoring run to increase the margin to 16-4 with 10:50 left before halftime. Kenyon led by as many as 18 points, 27-9, in the half, but Hiram battled back to get to within eight points, 32-24, on a layup by Morford just before the end of the period. The Ladies recorded the final points of the period as time expired to extend the deficit back to double-digits with a halftime score of 34-24.
Hiram trailed by nine points, 42-33, with12:05 left to play when a Kenyon 17-1 run, which included a 7:37 scoring drought by the Terriers, blew the game open and gave the Ladies a commanding 59-34 lead with just over three minutes to play. Kenyon went on to lead by as many as 27 points en route to the final score of 63-40.
Kenyon shot 63.2 percent (24-of-38) from the floor and held Hiram to 30.8 percent (16-of-52) shooting, including 15.8 percent (three-of-19) from three-point range.
The Ladies were led by Maureen Hirt with 14 points on six-of-nine shooting (66.7 percent). Kayla Ernst and Morgan Korinek rounded out the high scorers with 10 points each.
Morford was the only Hiram player to score in double-figures with her game-high 18 points on seven-of-nine shooting (77.8 percent).
Hiram will look to rebound from today’s loss when the Terriers travel to Waynesburg, Pa. for a non-conference game against Waynesburg University on Monday, Dec. 19. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.