The Hamilton College women's basketball team opened their NESCAC schedule with a 68-66 victory over Trinity College at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Sunday afternoon.
The Continentals (10-2, 1-0 NESCAC) never surrendered the lead as they shot 48.2 percent from the floor, held a 34-26 edge in points in the paint and blocked nine shots. The Hamilton bench contributed 34 points compared to five points for Trinity. The Bantams fall to 0-2 in the conference and 9-4 overall.
Halie Serbent '19 tallied 14 points, two steals and a career-high four blocks. Marie Steiner '20 dropped in 13 points with three buckets from deep range and had two steals coming off the bench. Also coming off the bench, Mia Caterisano '19 matched a career high with 12 points and went 6-for-7 from the floor in 16 minutes. Lauren Getman '18 had nine points and seven rebounds, and Samantha Srinivasan '18 gathered a career-high 12 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Trinity's Peace Kabari scored a season-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season. Courtney Erikson dropped in 17 points and went 9-for-11 at the free-throw line. Erin Cunningham added 14 points and Becky Reifler had 11.
The score was tied 2-2 when Hamilton scored 10 unanswered points, which included back-to-back threes by Serbent and Steiner. Reifler and Emily Peters broke the run with three points for Trinity, making the score 12-5 with 3:28 remaining in the opening stanza. The Continentals closed the first quarter with an 8-0 run for a 15-point advantage at the end of one.
Kabari opened the second with a layup and completed the three-point play at the charity stripe. Erikson followed with a layup to get Trinity within 10 points, but a steal by Steiner and a bucket by Serbent denied the momentum shift. After three scoreless minutes, Kendall Rallins '19 (seven points) completed a three-point play with 5:33 remaining in the quarter. Peters responded with a layup for Trinity, and Steiner came right back and drained a three-pointer to give Hamilton its largest lead of 16 points at 28-12. The Continentals had a 30-23 advantage at the half after the Bantams scored eight unanswered in the final three minutes of the quarter.
Cunningham and Reifler got Trinity within three points at 34-31 with two three-point baskets during the opening minutes of the third quarter, but Hamilton closed the door with a 5-0 spurt. Mackenzie Aldridge '20 (nine points) drained a basket from downtown at the 3:01 mark, igniting a 7-0 run for Hamilton to gain a 13-point lead at the end of the third.
Halfway through the final quarter Kabari and Erikson combined for five straight points, cutting Hamilton's lead to 59-54 with 3:48 left. The Bantams put together a 7-1 run which concluded with a three-pointer from Reifler to make the score 64-62 with 58 seconds left. Srinivasan and Aldridge both went 2-for-2 at the free-throw line in the final seconds. Trinity's Kabari made a layup at the buzzer to account for the final score.
Hamilton is right back on the hardwood Tuesday, Jan. 9 for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against SUNY Potsdam (1-10 overall) at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.