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Women's Basketball season draws to a close with 65-52 loss to Kenyon in NCAC Tournament

Women's Basketball season draws to a close with 65-52 loss to Kenyon in NCAC Tournament

By: Andrew Korba

GAMBIER, Ohio -- The Hiram College women's basketball team saw its season come to a close at the hands of Kenyon by a 65-52 score in the NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals on Tuesday.

The sixth seeded Terriers conclude the season at 12-14, while the third seeded Ladies improve to 18-8 and advance to play second seed DePauw (Ind.) on Friday.

Sophomore Allison Vannoy (Mantua, Ohio/Crestwood) led Hiram with a career-high 15 points. She also pulled down six rebounds and finished with three assists.

Junior Dana Perrotta (New Castle, Pa./New Castle) and sophomore Mercedes Jones (Dayton, Ohio/Ponitz Career Technology Center) each had 11 points.

Kenyon was able to grab the lead early and outscored Hiram 12-2 over the final 3:59 of the first quarter to open up a 23-9 lead.

The Terriers were able to pull within nine points early in the second stanza, but the Ladies did not allow Hiram to draw any closer in the period, taking a 35-22 lead into the intermission.

Kenyon would push its lead to 38-24 at the 8:38 mark of the third quarter. Hiram answered with seven of the next nine points to cut the deficit to 40-31.

The Terriers continued to chip away and cut the Ladies lead to just 44-39 with 2:02 left in the third quarter. Kenyon would respond with the final five points of the frame to open up a 10-point lead, 49-39, through three quarters.

Hiram would pull to within five points again early in the fourth, but the Ladies came right back with four consecutive points to push their lead back to 53-44 with 7:43 remaining.

The Terriers would get to within seven points again, but could get no closer the rest of the game.

Hiram finished 17-of-43 (39.5 percent) from the field, while Kenyon was 23-of-66 (34.8 percent).

The Ladies won the rebounding battle 43-39. Kenyon also forced Hiram to commit 19 turnovers and turned them into 23 points.

Hiram's 12 wins in 2015-16 tied the program record for wins in a season and the six NCAC wins were the most for the Terriers since joining the conference in the 1999-00 season.