February 12, 2014

First-half struggles doom Denison

A 33-8 run in the opening half helped Kenyon pull out a 65-51 victory over Denison on Wednesday night in Gambier, Ohio.

The Big Red struggled to find their shooting touch in the opening half, connecting on 9-of-29 attempts, while the Ladies shot a blistering 58.6 percent (17-for-29) from the field in the first 20 minutes of play.  Kenyon also knocked down 6-of-10 attempts from three-point range.  After surrendering the first bucket of the opening period, the Ladies rattled off 33 of the next 43 points to take a 23-point lead with 3:27 to left in the half.

Kenyon eventually built a 27-point lead with 11:27 remaining in the second half.  DU shot 52.2 percent in the final period and started to close the gap midway through the period.  However, the almost 30-point deficit was too much for the Big Red to overcome.

Junior Candise Love paced the Denison offense with 12 points on 6-of-10 from the field, while senior Gretchen Staubach posted a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds.  Senior Mikaela Freundlich chipped in 10 points, while freshman Jordan Holmes logged 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 36 minutes.

Kenyon senior Maureen Hirt led all scorers with 31 points in 30 minutes.  Hirt went 13-for-22 from the field, including a 4-for-9 clip from behind the arc.

Denison falls to 17-6 overall and 9-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, while Kenyon improves to 13-8 and 8-5 in league play.  The Big Red returns to the court next Wednesday when they host Hiram at 6 p.m.