Kenyon moves into Tip-Off Championship with 67-56 win over Beavers
November 19, 2010
By: Josh Bruner, sports information assistant
BLUFFTON, Ohio - The Bluffton University women's basketball team hosted Kenyon College
Friday, November 19 in the opening game of the season as well as the first round of
the 2010 Tip-Off Tournament. The Beavers fell behind early, trailing 39-27 at the
half. Bluffton outscored Kenyon in the second period, 29-28, but it was not enough
as they fell to Kenyon by a final margin of 67-56.
Both teams got off to a slow start before the Beavers put in their first bucket with
a Brittany Lewis (Springfield/Shawnee) layup at the 18:14 mark which tied the game at 2-2. Kenyon
pulled ahead quickly with a Morgan Korinek layup as they led the Beavers 8-4 after three minutes of play.
Sophomore Lauren Hutton (New Riegel) brought the Beavers back within a deuce when she hit a layup to bring
the score to 10-8 at the 15-minute mark. The Beavers pulled even three minutes later
with a Beth Yoder (Marshallville/Smithville) three-pointer to tie the game at 13.
Kenyon quickly took back the lead, going on a 9-0 run over the next three minutes,
capped by a Katie Adlam triple that put Kenyon up 22-13 with nine minutes remaining in the half. The Beavers
slowly pecked away at the lead, pulling within two at the 4:37 mark thanks to consecutive
Miller free throws.
Kenyon responded to the Beaver comeback with a run of their own, led by Maureen Hirt with seven points. They went on a 13-3 run over the last four minutes of the period,
making it 39-27 at the half.
The Beavers came out of the break looking to pull themselves back into the contest.
A Calandra Manning (Riverside/Stebbins) layup, followed by a Miller old fashioned three-point play brought
the Beavers back within seven as they trailed 39-32 just one minute into the second
The Beavers once again made a stab at the lead as a Brittany Stegmaier (Garfield/Trinity) layup made it 41-36 just past the 17-minute mark. Kenyon added
two quick buckets, pushing the margin back to nine after four minutes of second half
Maggie Boetler led another spurt for Kenyon as they went on a 9-2 run over a span of six minutes
to put Kenyon up 59-44 with 6:34 left in the game. An Emily Shellabarger (St. Marys/Memorial) jumper closed the gap to 61-51 with just four minutes left.
Kenyon seemed to match the Beavers for the rest of the night as Bluffton dropped its
first game of the season 67-56. The loss puts the Beavers at 0-1 while Kenyon improved
to 2-0 on the season.
Miller paced the Beavers with 19 points, six boards, four steals, and four assists
on the game, while draining 11-of-13 from the charity stripe. Hutton added eight points
and nine rebounds for Bluffton in her first collegiate action. Yoder and Stegmaier
each chipped in six points for the Beaver offense. Lewis followed closely with five
of her own. Shellabarger pulled in five rebounds while adding four points.
Kenyon was led by Kayla Ernst with 22 points. Hirt also hit double digits as she knocked down 12. They pulled in
five and six rebounds, respectively. Adlam contributed nine points, while Morgan Korinek added eight markers with five boards.
Bluffton struggled from the field, going 20-of-55 (36.4 percent) from the field. The
Beavers hit only 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from behind the arc. Kenyon proved more efficient
from the field, hitting 27-of-60 (45 percent) and 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from behind
the arc. The Beavers were outstanding at the free throw line, knocking down 13-of-16
(81.3 percent). Kenyon was close behind, hitting 9-of-12 (75 percent). Kenyon won
the battle on the boards (39-31). The Beavers turned the ball over 18 times, while
forcing 16 miscues from Kenyon.
The Bluffton University women's basketball team will face Albion tomorrow in the consolation
round of the 2010 Tip-Off tournament. The game will begin at 1 p.m. and will be followed
by the championship contest between Kenyon and Brescia in Founders Hall.