Lauren Getman '18 and Halie Serbent '19 gave the Hamilton College women's basketball team an early 6-0 edge in Morrisville, N.Y. on Friday night, and the Continentals never surrendered the lead as they defeated Morrisville State 67-57.
Serbent led all players with 18 points and eight rebounds. Getman dropped in 13 points and notched five blocks, and Kendall Rallins '19 added 11 points. Samantha Srinivasan '18 contributed seven rebounds, seven assists and three steals while Carly O'Hern '20 had eight points and three steals.
Abby Halsey led Morrisville with 14 points. Charlotte Walker had 11 points and Tori Rockefeller tallied six steals. Haley Kilmartin totaled seven points and six boards.
Hamilton (5-0 overall) started the second quarter with a narrow 12-10 advantage. Srinivasan took the ball away from Morrisville's Peyton Jackson 14 seconds into the quarter and found Serbent for the quick layup. The Continentals then put together a 14-2 run by holding the Mustangs to just two points until 3:27 remained in the second. Kilmartin hit a three-pointer for the Mustangs with seven seconds left in the half to narrow Hamilton's lead to 32-21.
Morrisville (2-4) found themselves within three points of the lead by outscoring Hamilton 11-3 to open the third quarter, but Getman scored five unanswered points to cushion the Continental lead. Serbent and Marie Steiner '20 added a bucket apiece to increase Hamilton's lead to 10 points before Halsey scored five points for Morrisville to close the third quarter at 46-39 in favor of the Continentals.
Steiner returned the 10-point lead to Hamilton with a bucket from three-point range to start the final quarter before the teams matched each other basket-for-basket for the remainder of the game. The Continentals secured the win by shooting 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the final 20 seconds.
Hamilton returns home to Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Monday, Dec. 4 for a non-conference game against Cazenovia College at 7 p.m.