The Hamilton College Continentals eliminated a 14-point halftime deficit but ultimately came up short in a 57-50 NESCAC loss against Williams College on Saturday afternoon at Williams' John Wesley Chandler Gymnasium.
Lauren Getman '18 led all scorers for the second game in a row with 18 points, and she grabbed six rebounds for Hamilton (14-10, 2-8 NESCAC). Marie Steiner '20 dropped in 14 points with two 3-pointers. Halie Serbent '19 added 12 points and four rebounds before fouling out. Samantha Srinivasan '18 tallied a team-high nine rebounds and seven assists.
Kristin Fechtelkotter led Williams (12-12, 4-6) with 15 points and seven boards. Amanni Fernandez and Emily Chang both scored 12 points. Fernandez had four assists and finished 4-for-4 at the free-throw line, Chang was 4 of 6 from 3-point range, and Gabby Martin added six steals and five rebounds.
Steiner banked in a layup and Getman went 2-for-2 at the free-throw line to give the Continentals a 4-0 lead, and the duo went on to score all of Hamilton's nine points in the first quarter. Mikaela Topper put Williams on the scoreboard with a three at 6:33 and Getman responded with a mid-range jump shot to make the score 6-3 at 5:21. Steiner extended the Hamilton lead to four points at 7-3 with a free throw, but Chang hit two 3-pointers as the Ephs' closed the first quarter on a 10-2 run for the 13-9 advantage.
Chang made her third trey 16 seconds into the second quarter before Srinivasan found Getman for a layup to get Hamilton back within five points at 16-11 with 9:22 left. Williams gained a 17-point lead after the Ephs went on an 11-0 run during a span of more than four minutes and they took a 29-15 advantage into halftime.
Hamilton scored on its first four possessions in the third and went on to outscore Williams 21-8 in the quarter. Steiner and Serbent floated in back-to-back layups to kick off the quarter, Getman hit a jumper at 8:40 to get the Continentals within 10 points, and Serbent eliminated the double-digit deficit with a downtown bucket at 8:01 to make the score 33-24. Fernandez made a jumper for Williams at the 7:00 mark and Lydia Zaleski capitalized on a Hamilton turnover at 6:22 to take back the 13-point edge for the Ephs. Steiner then drilled a 3-pointer at 6:06 and the Continentals held Williams scoreless for the remainder of the quarter as Serbent and Getman combined for six points and Srinivasan added a 3-pointer.
Hamilton started the fourth quarter with a one-point deficit at 37-36. The Continentals were within a single point three times during the final 10 minutes of play at 39-38, 41-40 and 43-42 but the Ephs never surrendered the lead. Williams gained as much as an eight-point edge after a 3-pointer by Chang at 52-44 with 3:19 remaining, and Hamilton still clawed back to within two points. Steiner hit a shot from beyond the arc at 2:19 and Serbent finished the old-fashioned 3-point play on the free-throw line at 1:22 to make the score 52-50. The Ephs held Hamilton scoreless in the final minute as Fechtelkotter added a layup and Williams went 3-for-4 at the charity stripe.