Three Continentals hit career bests as the Hamilton College women's basketball team defeated SUNY Potsdam 76-37 in a non-conference game at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Tuesday night.
Hamilton improved its record to 5-0 at home this season and 11-2 overall.
Carly O'Hern '20 led all scorers with 16 points and shot a career-high 80 percent (4-of-5) from downtown. Camille Walter '20 and Gareth Coalson '19 each dropped in a career-best five points, and Walter dished out a career-high three assists. Lauren Getman '18 dropped in 10 points and Scout Lansing '21 had a season-best nine. Marie Steiner '20 chipped in eight points with two three-pointers, and Halie Serbent '19 added seven points.
Behind Serbent's five assists and four helpers from Samantha Srinivasan '18, the Continentals totaled a season-best 25 assists. Hamilton shot 41.2 percent from the field, had a 28-6 advantage in points in the paint, capitalized on 19 second-chance points and forced 28 turnovers. Steiner was credited with four of the Continentals' 17 steals.
Potsdam (1-11 overall) was guided by Mikayla Horton's seven points and four rebounds. Riley Luckie and Drew Dufrane each scored six points, and Dufrane had three steals.
O'Hern opened the first quarter with her first three of the contest and drained her second at the 6:20 mark to give Hamilton an early 13-5 lead. After three scoreless minutes, Steiner put in a layup to give the Continentals their first double-digit lead at 15-5 with 3:25 remaining. Horton hit the last basket of the quarter to get Potsdam within nine points at 18-9.
Hamilton quickly led by double digits again in the second after opening the quarter with nine unanswered points for a 27-9 advantage. Dufrane hit back-to-back threes for the Bears, but Getman sparked a 10-0 run with back-to-back buckets to close the second and the hosts had a 22-point cushion at 37-15.
O'Hern scored the first five points for Hamilton to open the third quarter, including a bucket from deep range. Horton responded with a three-point basket for Potsdam, but Steiner came right back and swished a jumper from beyond the arc. After two free throws by Horton, Hamilton went on a 9-0 run that included an old-fashioned three-point play by Lansing.
The Continentals held a comfortable 58-25 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. The Bears scored two quick baskets before Hamilton's Kayla Glemaud '21 (four points) banked a shot off the glass followed by a three from fellow first-year Lansing. Walter drained a three-pointer with 4:27 left and Rylie Mainville '18 (four points) went 2-for-2 at the charity stripe to give Hamilton its largest lead of 41 points at 72-31 with 2:32 left.
Hamilton (1-0 NESCAC) heads out on the road for two conference games this weekend. The Continentals take on Wesleyan University (8-4, 0-2 NESCAC) on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. followed by a 3 p.m. game on Saturday at Connecticut College (8-3, 1-1).