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Owls can’t overcome shooting struggles against Oberlin

GAMBIER, Ohio — Claudia Cooke registered game-highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds Wednesday night at Tomsich Arena. Her efforts alone, however, were not enough for the Kenyon College women’s basketball team to avoid a 69-38 loss to the visiting Oberlin College Yeowomen.

Cooke was 7-of-13 from the floor and a perfect 5-of-5 at the free throw line. Her point total accounted for half of the team’s final score and her rebounding output was nearly 40 percent of the team’s production on the glass. The double-double was her fourth of the season.

Mikayla Rudolph also posted a good chunk of the scoring for the Owls. She went 3-of-9 from long range and finished with 10 points. No other Kenyon player scored more than three points.

Anissa Hardy latched on to eight rebounds for Kenyon, but as a team the Owls were out-rebounded by Oberlin 40-31.

Kenyon had just 11 turnovers throughout the game, which was its lowest single-game total of the season. It was off-target shooting, however, that did in the Owls on Wednesday. As a team, Kenyon shot 14-of-56 (25 percent) for the game. As their deficit grew, they started tossing up three-pointers, but that didn’t solve the problem. Aside from Rudolph’s 3-of-9 showing from behind the arc, the rest of the team went a combined 1-of-14, giving the Owls a final 4-of-23 performance (17.4 percent) on three-point attempts.

Kenyon held tough for most of the first half of play. Despite its shooting struggles, the Owls trailed just 11-7 after one quarter and 25-18 after two.

It was the third quarter that was the turning point. Reemerging from the locker room, Oberlin sank 11-of-15 shots (73.3 percent) and outscored Kenyon 28-9 in the 10-minute span. The Yeowomen went on runs of 10-0 and 11-0 to take complete control of the game. The Owls never got closer than 25 points the rest of the way.

Oberlin was led by Camille Zinaich, who dumped in 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Alyson Jefferson posted a team-high 17 points and Anora Lee added 10.

The win pumped up Oberlin’s record to 13-7 overall and 4-5 in North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) play. The loss dropped Kenyon to 3-18 overall and 1-9 in the NCAC.

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