The Muskingum women's basketball team dropped a hard-fought battle at the buzzer to Kenyon in their 2019-20 season home opener, 64-63.
- Records: Muskingum (2-1 overall), Kenyon (3-1 overall)
- Location: New Concord, Ohio – Anne C. Steele Center
- This game was the 2019-20 season home opener for the Muskies.
- The game was also a Muskie Pride and Hoops for Hunger Game.
- The Muskies had three players that recorded double-digit points.
- Senior Devyn Bonner locked in a double-double.
Inside the Numbers
- Muskingum ended the contest shooting 25-of-70 (35.7%) from the field, which included hitting just 4-of-15 (26.7%) from behind the arc.
- Bonner directed the Muskies with a team-best 18 points, shooting 7-of-20 (35.0%) from the field and hitting 4-of-8 (50.0%) at the free-throw line.
- Junior Sam Filiaggi dished out 12 points, registered four steals, and collected eight rebounds.
- Freshman Casey Smith logged 10 points and secured a team-best five assists.
- Bonner also amassed a team-best 12 rebounds.
- Paige Matijasich guided the Ladies with a game-high 25 points and dished out 10 rebounds.
- Ellie Schaub recorded 18 points, shooting 6-of-9 (66.6%) in the field and 4-of-5 (80.0%) at the free-throw line.
- Kenyon ended the contest shooting 21-of-55 (38.2%) in the field and 18-of-21 (85.7%) from the free-throw line.
In the first quarter, the Muskies and Ladies battled neck and neck with neither team gaining more than a four-point lead early on. Kenyon registered eight consecutive points to slide past Muskingum with a score of 12-4. Muskingum junior Camay Baylock retaliated with a layup with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter to get the Muskies within two-points of the Ladies (14-12). In the second quarter, Filiaggi drained a three-pointer to give the Muskies a 15-14 lead. Kenyon registered back-to-back points to secure a six-point edge on the Muskies (28-22). Katie Orefice connected a jump shot to give the Ladies a 33-23 advantage going into the break.
In the third quarter, Matijasich collected a pair of free-throws to expand the gap to 37-25. Muskingum chipped away at the differential, but the Kenyon momentum could not be halted. Sophomore Olivia Lang drained a long ball to trim the deficit to 45-40 with less than a minute remaining in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, Muskingum tallied back-to-back points, and a layup by Smith tied up play to 46-46. Muskingum registered five unanswered points to secure a 51-46 lead over the Ladies. Kenyon fought back with two straight jump shots to tie up play at 56-56. Muskingum and Kenyon traded baskets with neither squad leading by more than three points. With 27 seconds left, Baylock sank a three-pointer to give the Muskies a 63-62 lead. Kenyon answered back with a layup in the waning seconds to secure the 64-63 triumph over the Muskies.
- The Muskies next travel to Wooster to battle the College of Wooster Fighting Scots on Tuesday, November 26. Start time is slated for 7:00 p.m