Four Continentals scored in double figures and the Hamilton College women's basketball team defeated Green Mountain College 91-58 in a non-conference game at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Saturday afternoon.
The contest was the season opener for Hamilton (1-0 overall) while the visiting Eagles entered with 1-2 overall record.
Halie Serbent '19 led with 18 points and six of her seven rebounds were offensive. Kelcie Zarle '22 recorded 14 points, three assists and two steals through 19 minutes off the bench in her first collegiate game. Fellow first-year, Liz Arnold '22 did a little bit of everything for a total of 11 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Kayla Glemaud '21 scored a personal-best 10 points and grabbed four steals. Carly O'Hern contributed nine points, nine rebounds and two steals, and Mia Caterisano '19 added nine points and eight rebounds.
Mercedes Rideout's 18 points guided Green Mountain and she had four three-pointers. Sharena Armstrong had 15 points and three blocks, Sabrina Simili added seven points, and Leanna Mason totaled six points and seven boards.
The Continentals jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first quarter before a jumper by Armstrong and three-pointer from Rideout gave Green Mountain a 7-6 edge at 5:23. O'Hern immediately tied the game after hitting a free throw, and Hamilton's defense forced a quick turnover before Mackenzie Aldridge '20 drilled a three to give Hamilton the lead for good. With 2:57 remaining in the opening stanza, Zarle scored seven straight and sparked an 11-2 Continental run to close out the quarter with a 23-13 advantage.
Green Mountain opened the second quarter with back-to-back threes to get within six points at 25-19, but a steal by Arnold and a fast break layup from O'Hern ignited a 6-0 run for the Continentals. Hamilton held a 43-31 lead at the half.
The Continentals came out of the locker room strong, outscoring the guests 31-15 and forcing 11 turnovers in the third quarter. Serbent hit a jumper at 8:07 to make the score 46-38 and an immediate steal from O'Hern moved the ball back up the court for Zarle who drained a jumper from downtown. Caterisano sunk both free throws at the 5:16 mark to conclude a 7-0 run and extend Hamilton's lead to 56-40.
Hamilton entered the final 10 minutes of play with a 74-46 cushion after outscoring Green Mountain 14-2 in the final three and half minutes of the third quarter. The Continentals continued to surge into the fourth and gained their largest lead of the game at 85-49 after Julia Rowland '21 (four points) hit a jumper with 4:25 remaining.
Hamilton hits the road for a non-conference game against SUNY Potsdam on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in Potsdam, N.Y.