Caterisano '19 has career night in women's basketball setback

Mia Caterisano '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Mia Caterisano '19 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

William Smith College took the lead for good with a 14-2 run in the third quarter and the Herons posted a 64-51 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals in women's basketball action at William Smith's Bristol Gym on Tuesday.

Mia Caterisano '19 paced Hamilton (9-2 overall) with a career-high 12 points and tied a career-best with eight rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. Carly O'Hern '20 dropped in 11 points, Halie Serbent '19 and Kendall Rallins '19 handed out three assists apiece, and both Samantha Srinivasan '18 and Marie Steiner '20 were credited with two steals.

Stavriana Dimitrakopoulou led the Herons (6-3) with 15 points off the bench as she was a perfect 6-for-6 at the free-throw line. Kendra Quinn-Moultrie chipped in 13 points and nine boards, Mia Morrison added 13 points and Natalia Baum had 11. William Smith enjoyed a big advantage at the charity stripe where they went 20-for-26 (76.9 percent). 

The score was tied at 31-31 at the half and O'Hern put the Continentals in the lead for the last time with a jumper just eight seconds into the third quarter. Quinn-Moultrie started the game-changing run with a pair of free throws and put the Herons ahead to stay on a 3-pointer with 9:11 left in the third.

Emma Gallagher's layup made it 38-33 before Rallins cut Hamilton's deficit back to three points with two free throws. William Smith's Olivia Hughes canned a jumper, Quinn-Moultrie sank 1 of 2 free throws, Baum scored in the paint, and Dimitrakopoulou capped the spurt with two free throws for a 45-35 cushion with 1:13 remaining in the quarter.

The Continentals responded with six straight points as Serbent's two free throws pulled Hamilton to within 45-41 with 7:44 to go in the fourth quarter. The Herons clinched the victory with a 7-2 run that was keyed by Morrison's old-fashioned three-point play and Dimitrakopoulou's basket from beyond the arc. The Continentals didn't get closer than seven points during the final five minutes as William Smith took its largest lead of 13 points for the first time with just over two minutes left. Hamilton was 6 of 30 from the floor, including 0 of 8 from 3-point range, in the second half.

The first half was a competitive affair as the teams combined for nine ties and 10 lead changes. The Herons held an 8-7 edge midway through the first quarter when the Continentals went on an 8-2 run thanks to four points apiece by Caterisano and Lauren Getman '18. Hamilton's five-point lead after that run was its largest advantage of the night. The Continentals led 18-15 after one quarter as a 3-pointer by O'Hern beat the buzzer. William Smith's four-point lead at 24-20 with 7:22 remaining in the second quarter was the Herons' biggest during the first half. Caterisano and Morrison scored 10 points apiece during the opening 20 minutes.

Hamilton returns to Margaret Bundy Scott Field House for its 2017-18 NESCAC opener against Trinity on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m.