HIRAM, OHIO — Three Hiram College women’s basketball players scored in double figures, but it would not be enough as the Terriers fell to Kenyon College, 69-64, today (Saturday, Jan. 14) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Price Gymnasium. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers fall to 4-11 overall and 1-6 in the NCAC. The Ladies improve to 12-4 overall and 5-2 NCAC.
Hiram hung tough in the first half, shooting 50.0 percent from the field (14-of-28) to Kenyon’s 39.3 percent (11-of-28) shooting. The teams exchanged leads six times in the period and were tied four times. The Terriers led by four points, 9-5, early in the half, but Kenyon would go on a 12-5 scoring run to take the lead, 17-14, at the 11:29 minute mark. The Ladies led by as many as five points, 23-18, when Hiram went on a 13-1 run that ended in a three-pointer by senior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) to put the Terriers up by seven points, 31-24, with 2:48 left to go in the period. Kenyon outscored Hiram, 7-5, in the final minutes, but the Terriers still led, 36-31, at the break.
In the second half, the Kenyon offense and defense picked up as the Ladies shot 53.3 percent (16-of-30) from the floor and held Hiram to just 24.0 percent (six-of-25) shooting. Kenyon quickly erased the Hiram lead scoring five straight points to even the score at 36-36. The Ladies looked to pull away with a 16-6 run to claim a 10-point advantage with 13:24 left to play in the game. The Terriers would not go away and battled back to pull to within a basket late in the half, 63-61, on a triple by junior guard Calysia Smyers (Akron/Coventry) at the 2:20 mark. Kenyon tallied four straight points to gain a little more breathing room with a 67-61 lead, but another three-pointer by Smyers on the ensuing Hiram possession gave the Terriers life, 67-64, with 47 seconds left. The Ladies missed on their next possession, but would get the offensive board, forcing Hiram to foul where Kenyon sealed the victory with the pair of free-throws to claim a 69-64 victory.
Kenyon ended up shooting 46.6 percent (27-of-58) from the field for the game and were led by Maureen Hirt with a game-high 27 points on 10-of-18 shooting (55.6 percent), including five-of-nine (55.6 percent) from three-point range. One other Kenyon player scored in double-digits with Kayla Ernst adding 10 points.
Hiram converted 37.7 percent (20-of-53) of its shots and was led by Shields with 15 points on five-of-14 shooting (35.7 percent). Junior guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) was second with 13 points and Smyers finished the game with 11 points. In addition, senior All-NCAC guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) had a game-high seven assists.
Hiram will next travel to Delaware for a NCAC game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The game will be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will take on the Battling Bishops at 6 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.