Women's basketball breezes to non-conference win at Bard

Carly O'Hern '20 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Carly O'Hern '20 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College jumped out to a 21-3 lead after one quarter and the Continentals coasted to a 62-34 women's basketball win against the Bard College Raptors in non-conference action at Bard's Stevenson Athletic Center on Friday night.

Hamilton improved its overall record to 8-0 and extended its best start to a season in program history. The Continentals won't get a chance to go for their ninth straight win until Friday, Dec. 29 when they take on North Park University at the Salem State University Holiday Classic.

Carly O'Hern '20 led Hamilton with 12 points and three steals. Samantha Srinivasan '18 chipped in nine points, eight rebounds and three steals, and Lauren Getman '18 added nine points. Srinivasan was 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Marie Steiner '20 handed out three assists and Mackenzie Aldridge '20 was credited with three steals. Nobody played more than 25 minutes and 11 Continentals got into the scoring column. Hamilton grabbed 22 offensive rebounds and enjoyed a 59-31 advantage on the glass.

The Raptors' Caleigh DeCaprio led all players with 15 points on the strength of five 3-pointers and came away with four steals. Elena Lefevre dropped in eight points and Katie Esposito had seven to go with a game-high 13 boards. Bard (0-8) shot 23.5 percent from the floor and went just 2-for-10 at the free-throw line.

The Continentals scored the first five points and led the whole way. After an Esposito basket from long range pulled the Raptors within two points at 5-3 midway through the first quarter, Hamilton essentially put the game out of reach with a 20-0 run. Getman started the spurt with a layup, Srinivasan drained a 3-pointer and O'Hern scored in the paint. A layup by Aldridge made it 14-3, Steiner nailed a shot from beyond the arc, and Mia Caterisano '19 and Scout Lansing '21 closed out the quarter with layups. Jumpers by Kayla Glemaud '21 and Lansing gave the Continentals a 22-point cushion at 25-3 early in the second quarter.

Bard didn't get closer than 12 points the rest of the night. Hamilton led 29-15 at the half and 43-29 after three quarters. The Continentals then outscored the Raptors 19-5 during the final 10 minutes. DeCaprio scored 12 of Bard's 19 second-half points. Hamilton took its largest lead of 30 points at 62-32 on a basket by Camille Walter '20 with under a minute left in the fourth.