The Hamilton College Continentals scored 91 points for the third time this season in a 91-60 non-conference victory against the Morrisville State College Mustangs at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Wednesday night.
Hamilton (5-0 overall) racked up 63 rebounds and 24 assists, both season-best marks. Additionally, the Continentals tallied 20 second-chance points and dominated the paint 42-28.
Halie Serbent '19 shot 75 percent (6-of-8) from the floor and led all players with 15 points in 17 minutes. Mackenzie Aldridge '20 added 14 points while shooting perfect (3-of-3) from 3-point range. Marie Steiner '20 and Mia Caterisano '19 scored 13 points apiece, and Caterisano brought down eight rebounds. Kayla Glemaud '21 totaled a personal-best 12 rebounds, seven points, three assists and three steals. Carly O'Hern '20 also chipped in seven points and added nine boards and four assists.
Tori Rockefeller and Sierra Henry guided Morrisville (0-6) with 14 points each. Alexis Campbell tallied 13 points and three assists, and Miranda Wright had four rebounds and three steals.
The opening quarter was a seesaw battle with five lead changes and three ties. Liz Arnold '22 (8 points, 5 rebounds), Serbent and Steiner dropped in the first three buckets for the Continentals for a 6-2 lead at 7:38 before Morrisville's Campbell followed with back-to-back layups to tie to score. Arnold hit a mid-range jumper with 18 seconds left in the first to give the 17-16 edge back to Hamilton, but Campbell answered again with a layup in the final seconds. Campbell scored half of Morrisville's points as the Mustangs held an 18-17 lead after 10 minutes of play.
Ten seconds into the second quarter, Rockefeller extended Morrisville's lead to 20-17, but Aldridge drilled a three off a feed from O'Hern to tie the score at 20-20. O'Hern grabbed an offensive board in Hamilton's next possession, Serbent banked in the layup for the lead, and the Continentals never looked back. Glemaud's quick steal and layup extended Hamilton's lead to 28-22 with 5:57 on the clock. The Continentals held a 41-36 advantage at the half.
Hamilton came out of the locker room on fire and went on a 10-2 run in the first 2:30 of the third quarter. O'Hern started the run with a bucket from deep range and followed with a layup. Steiner then hit a jumper from downtown and Serbent laid the ball in at 7:30 -- after an offensive board by Steiner -- to make the score 51-38. The Continentals scored 13 unanswered points from 4:41 to 1:27 and ended the quarter with a 66-47 lead.
Caterisano scored five unanswered points to start the final stanza. Julia Rowland '21 (3 points, 3 rebounds) at 7:12 and Aldridge at 6:41 hit back-to-back 3s to give Hamilton a 30-point lead at 79-49. A 3-pointer by Kendall Rallins '19 (6 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists) gave the home squad its largest lead at 91-58 with 34 seconds left.
Hamilton visits Northfield, Vermont, this weekend for Norwich University's Ed Hockenbury Classic and tips off against Framingham State at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.