Strong first quarter leads women's basketball to victory

Marie Steiner '20 drained a career-high four three-pointers at Utica (Josh McKee photo).
Marie Steiner '20 drained a career-high four three-pointers at Utica (Josh McKee photo).

The Hamilton College Continentals used an 18-6 first quarter lead to post a 59-43 non-conference win against Utica College at the Pioneers' Harold T. Clark Athletic Center Gymnasium on Monday night.

Hamilton (4-0 overall) recorded 25 points off 27 turnovers while also putting away 12 second-chance points, dishing out 15 assists and poking away 16 steals.

Marie Steiner '20 guided the Continentals with 14 points while draining a career-best four 3-pointers. Liz Arnold '22 was just shy of her first collegiate double-double as she tallied a season-high 10 rebounds and nine points. Carly O'Hern '20 did a little bit of everything with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and three steals. Mia Caterisano '19 scored six of her eight points in the first quarter and added two blocks in 19 minutes off the bench. Maura Smith '22 chipped in six points off two 3s, Halie Serbent '19 helped with eight rebounds, and Kelcie Zarle '22 and Kayla Glemaud '21 were credited with three steals apiece.

Sydney Przygoda and her game-high 15 points led Utica (2-2). Przygoda also tallied 11 rebounds, two steals and one block. Nicolette Conkin recorded six points, six rebounds and two assists. Cora Sawyer added five points and grabbed three steals, and Briannah Florian brought down five rebounds.

The Continentals scored the first seven points and never looked back. Utica buckets by Petrina DeMarco and Conkin made the score 7-4 at 5:18, but the Pioneers never got closer then three points the remainder of the game. Arnold immediately responded with a jumper from downtown at 4:57 and Hamilton outscored the hosts 8-2 to close out the first quarter with an 18-6 advantage.

A 3-pointer by Steiner extended Hamilton's lead to 21-8 at 9:16 in the second stanza. O'Hern at 5:28 and Zarle at 4:19 both hit two free throws, simmering Utica after Kimberly Soriano got the Pioneers back within 10 points at 25-15 on a 3-pointer with 6:08 on the clock. Utica outscored Hamilton 5-2 in the final four minutes of the second to cut the Continentals' lead to 31-20 at the half.

Hamilton shot 60 percent (3-for-5) from beyond the arc in the third quarter with 3-point buckets coming from O'Hern, Steiner and Smith. The Continentals' balanced attack had eight players contribute to their 15 points and four steals throughout the quarter. Hamilton entered the final 10 minutes of play with a 46-31 cushion. O'Hern, Steiner and Smith each added another bucket from downtown in the fourth as the Continentals cruised to the 16-point victory.

Hamilton returns home to Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Wednesday, Nov. 28 for a non-conference game against Morrisville State College at 7 p.m.