By: Andrew Korba
GAMBIER, OHIO -- The Hiram College women's basketball team fell in a NCAC road game at Kenyon on Saturday by a 67-51 score.
The Terriers fall to 4-14 on the season and 0-9 in the NCAC, while the Ladies improve to 6-11, 4-5.
Sophomore Kayla Yost (Norwalk/Perkins) and freshman Mercedes Jones (Dayton/Ponitz Career Technology Center) each had 11 points to lead the Terriers. Yost finished with five rebounds, while Jones pulled down three boards and dished out two assists.
Senior Taylor Ratliff (Berea/Columbia) added eight points and five rebounds for Hiram.
An old-fashion 3-point play by Jones knotted the score at 5-5 just 2:26 into the game.
Kenyon would use a 9-2 spurt to open up a 14-7 lead, before Hiram countered with the next four points to cut the deficit to 14-11.
The Ladies would slowly add to their lead and took a 30-19 advantage into halftime.
In the second half, Kenyon scored seven of the first nine points to expand its lead to 37-21.
The Terriers would come right back with a 10-2 run, capped off by a layup from Yost, to trim the deficit to 39-31 with just over 14 minutes to play. But Kenyon would sink a 3-pointer on its next possession to push the lead back to 42-31.
A free throw from Yost minutes later would cut the deficit to eight points at 42-34. Yet again, the Ladies immediately responded with a three, pushing their lead back to double digits with 10:43 left.
Hiram would not be able to get within 10 points for the remainder of the game.
The Terriers finished the game 18-of-67 (26.9 percent) from the field, while Kenyon shot 25-of-56 (44.6 percent).
The Ladies outrebounded Hiram 57-31, but the Terriers forced 21 turnovers.
Hiram will return to action on Wednesday, when it welcome Wooster to Price Gym at 6 p.m.