Jan. 14 – GAMBIER, Ohio – The Hiram College women's basketball team dropped a 60-43 decision to Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon.
The Ladies (12-5, 6-2 NCAC) came into the game as the North Coast Athletic Conference's top-rated defense, leading the NCAC in opponents' points per game (51.5) and field-goal and three-point percentage defense.
In the game, Hiram found themselves held to a season-low in points, shooting 25% from the field. The Terriers, however, also played solid defense, holding the Ladies under 40% percent shooting in the game while totaling 11 steals.
The Terriers struggled through the first half, scoring single digits in both the first and second quarters. The Ladies forced 14 Hiram miscues, leading to an 18-5 advantage in points off turnovers.
With the game tied at 5-5 in the early stages of the opening quarter, the hosts use an 18-4 run which spanned the first and second quarters, to run the lead out to 23-9. The rest of the half was played evenly, with the Terriers holding an 8-7 edge to trim the gap to 13 at the break.
Hiram would pull to as close as ten (39-29) in the early stages of the third quarter on a free throw from Kaylee Shockley. The junior guard finished the matchup with a game-high 15 points. She has been the Terriers most consistent scorer of the past five games, posting double figures in each, while averaging 16.2 points per night.
Kenyon finished off the game, outscoring the Terriers 16-11 in the fourth stanza to round out the scoring. The ladies connected on four triples in the final frame, and shot 11-of-25 for the game from beyond the arc.
Along with Shockley, who added four rebounds and a pair of steals to her totals, the Terriers we also led by nine points from Mercedes Jones and six from Dana Perrotta. Allison Vannoy tallied four steals to lead the defensive efforts, while Kayla Yost paced Hiram on the boards, collecting seven rebounds.
The Terriers will be back in action on Wednesday, January 18, as they return to Price Gymnasium to host Oberlin. The matchup with the Yeowomen is scheduled for a 6:00 p.m. start.