GAMBIER, OHIO — Senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) scored a team-high 16 points, but it would not be enough as the Hiram College women’s basketball team fell to Kenyon College, 70-58, tonight (Wednesday, Feb. 16) in a North Coast Athletic Conference game at Tomsich Arena in Gambier. [Game Stats]
With the loss, the Terriers have dropped their last four games and are now 12-12 overall and 4-9 in the NCAC. The Ladies improve to 13-11 overall and 7-6 NCAC.
The game would be tied at 4-4 in the early minutes when an 8-0 scoring run by Kenyon gave the Ladies some breathing room making the score 12-4 at the 12:47 minute mark of the first half. Hiram later pulled to within four points, 14-10, on a jumper by Cowan with 8:22 left in the period, but another 14-4 run by the Ladies extended the deficit to 14 points, 28-14, late in the half. The Terriers tallied the final points on a jumper by junior guard Tiffany Shields (Bedford Heights/Bedford) which narrowed the gap to 11 points, 31-20, with 2:45 remaining. Neither team would find the basket in the final 2:45 as Kenyon took a 31-20 lead into the locker rooms.
Hiram made a run early, scoring the first seven points of the second half that included a bucket by sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) to make the score 31-27 at the 18:09 mark. Kenyon answered with a 24-6 run to take control with a 22-point edge, 57-35, with 6:52 left in the game. Hiram got to within 11 points in the final minutes, including a 68-57 margin with a jumper by sophomore forward Brenna Host (Seven Hills/Normandy), but the earlier deficit would be too much as Kenyon went on to win by the final of 70-58.
Kenyon shot 43.3 percent (26-of-60) from the field and held Hiram to 30.5 percent (18-of-59) shooting.
The Ladies were led in scoring by Kayla Ernst with a game-high 17 points on eight-of-13 shooting (61.5 percent). Maureen Hirt was second with 13 points, followed by Maggie Boelter with 11 points and Andrea Pohly added 10 points. In addition, Autumn Anderson grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Hiram was paced by Cowan’s 16 points on four-of-11 shooting (36.4 percent). Junior guard Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) was second with 12 points and Shields rounded out the leading scorers with 10 points.
Hiram will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Feb. 19 when the Terriers host Wittenberg University in the home finale at Price Gymnasium on senior day. The game will also be part of a basketball doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team. The women will tip-off against the Tigers at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m.
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