For seven straight seasons, the Kenyon College Ladies worked their way into the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament semifinal final round. Now, with a veteran lineup returning, the 2011-12 team is making it a goal to move as far beyond that semifinal stage as possible.
The team graduated just three seniors and returns nine letterwinners, including four starters. With players like Morgan Korinek, Kayla Ernst, and Maureen Hirt still on the roster, a regular-season and/or tournament title is certainly within the Ladies' reach.
Korinek and Ernst are a solid one-two punch in the frontcourt. Ernst, a junior, had a banner sophomore season in which she led the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and ranked second in rebounding (5.3 rpg). Korinek, now a senior, is a rebounding machine. She not only led the team, but the entire NCAC with an average of 9.3 rpg last season. She currently has 579 career rebounds and, if she continues her pace, she should have no problem becoming the second leading rebounder in the College's history. Rebounding is not her only game. Korinek also averaged 12.9 ppg last season and has 890 career points.
On the perimeter, Hirt emerged as the Ladies' main long-distance threat. She canned a conference-high 70 three-point bombs and ranked second on the team in scoring (14.0 ppg). Her three-point shooting percentage (.341) ranked third-best among all players in the conference who attempted at least 100 three-pointers.
Joining Hirt in the backcourt will be junior Katie Adlam, who had 41 assists and 32 steals last year, and sophomore Maggie Boelter, who will add depth after registering a team-best 68 assists in 2010-11.
The Ladies' season will get underway Tuesday, November 15 with a home contest against Muskingum University.