HIRAM, Ohio – A pair of new Hiram College standards highlighted the Terrier women's basketball team's final regular season game as Hiram dropped a 54-44 decision to Kenyon College on Saturday afternoon.
In the opening quarter, Vannoy assisted on a Tashuna Wright three-point basket. The assist gave the senior guard 395 career helpers, marking a new Terrier record. The previous record of 394 was held by Kelsey Durichko (2008-12). Vannoy finished the game with four total assists, giving her 398. She will look to be the first Terrier in school history to post 400 career assists in Hiram's next game.
Johnson tallied 15 total rebounds against the Ladies, going over 10+ boards for the 15th time this season. Thanks to those numbers, Johnson has now total 258 rebounds on the year, breaking the single-season record of 253 previously held by Dawn Martin in 1990-91. The junior also finished the game with five points.
As for the game, the Terriers had a tough time getting the offense going against one of the conference's top defensive teams. The Ladies came into today's matchup ranked second in the NCAC in scoring defense (52.5) and opponents' field goal percentage (.348).
Hiram was held to just 18 points in the opening half, scoring nine points in each of the first two quarters. The Terriers shot just 6-of-26 in the opening 20 minutes, including 1-of-14 from outside the arc.
However, despite the offensive struggle, Hiram found themselves down just 10 at the halftime break. The Terrier defense also played well, holding Kenyon to 28 points in the opening two quarters. The Ladies shot just over 30% from the field in the half.
After cutting the lead to nine on a layup by Madison Branch (33-24) in the early stages of the third quarter, Kenyon would pull away. The Ladies embarked on a 12-0 run over the next seven minutes to push the lead to 22 before the end of the third.
Still trailing by 19 in the late stages of the fourth, Hiram looked to mount the comeback. A 10-0 run by Hiram trimmed the Kenyon advantage down to nine (51-42). Following a basket by Jazmine Scott, Johnson sank a three-point shot. Scott then added two more before Vannoy put together a three-point play that cut the lead to single digits.
Despite the late-stage rally, the comeback would run out of time and Hiram would fall by the 10-point margin.
Leading the way in their final-career home games, Scott posted 14 points and three steals in a starting role. Vannoy also finished in double-figures, tallying 12 to go with four assists and four rebounds.
Hiram finished the season 11-14 and 7-9 in the NCAC regular season. As such, the Terriers earned the fifth seed in the upcoming NCAC Championship Tournament. Hiram will compete on Tuesday evening against the fourth-seeded Tigers of Wittenberg. The matchup in Springfield, Ohio will be scheduled for a 6 p.m. start.