The 2010-11 Ladies basketball season witnessed the emergence of a powerful inside-outside trio in junior Morgan Korinek, sophomore Kayla Ernst, and freshman Maureen Hirt. That group, along with its supporting cast, took the Kenyon team through a season that included a 15-12 record, a fourth-place finish in the North Coast Athletic Conference, and a seventh-consecutive appearance in the NCAC tournament semifinal round.
Korinek, Ernst, and Hirt all averaged more than ten points a game, which led to the Ladies averaging 65.5 points per game. That team average, along with the 1,769 total points scored throughout the season, was the second-best, single-season team mark in the history of the Kenyon program. The fact that the Ladies shot a College-record 72.8 percent (310-of-426) from the free throw line surely played a role in generating those sizzling offensive numbers.
Korinek, a forward, actually eased back on her scoring, but hammered the boards harder than anyone in the conference. She yanked down 9.3 rebounds per game and tossed in 12.9 points per game. Ernst, who averaged 6.7 points per game as a freshman post player, cranked that average all the way up to a team-best 14.1 ppg as a sophomore. Hirt did her damage from the perimeter, where she drained a conference-high 70 three-point bombs and registered 14.0 ppg. At season's end, all three were awarded positions on the All-NCAC team with Ernst claiming a first-team spot.
Just because the offense kicked it up a notch, didn't mean the Ladies' trademark defense let down its guard. The Ladies allowed opponents a scoring average of just 60.3 ppg, the second-best mark in the conference. Additionally, opponents shot just 39.0 percent against the Ladies.
While all those numbers were impressive, consistency was a problem. The Ladies never won more than three games in a row, but they never lost more than three games in a row either. When crunch time rolled around, they did answer the bell. The Kenyon women won their final two-regular season games to claim the final position in the NCAC tournament and then pulled off an upset of Wittenberg in the first round before falling to Denison, the eventual champion, in the semifinal round.