Women's basketball advances to Norwich championship game

Halie Serbent '19 (Josh McKee photo)
Halie Serbent '19 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College's Halie Serbent '19 dropped in 17 points and added eight rebounds in the Continentals' 70-60 win against the Framingham State University Rams in the first round of the 2018 Ed Hockenbury Classic at Norwich University's Andrews Hall Gymnasium on Friday night.

Hamilton (6-0 overall) will take on the hosts in the championship game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. Norwich defeated the University of Maine at Augusta 73-60 in the other first round game on Friday.

Liz Arnold '22 was 4 of 5 from the field and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line as she finished with 14 points for the Continentals. Arnold helped Hamilton to a 40-33 advantage on the glass by grabbing nine rebounds. Carly O'Hern '19 chipped in 14 points and four assists, and Marie Steiner '20 scored 13 points. Kayla Glemaud '21 and Mia Caterisano '19 were credited with two blocked shots apiece as the Continentals finished with six blocks. Hamilton made more free throws (14) than Framingham State attempted (12).

Emily Velozo paced the Rams (2-2) with 20 points and four assists. Mary Kate O'Day added 12 points and Tiphani Harris hauled down 12 boards, including six on the offensive glass.

Framingham made things interesting during the final 10 minutes as Abbey Battaini's layup made it a one-point game at 55-54 with 3:52 remaining. Hamilton finally put the Rams away with a 12-2 run during the next three minutes. Serbent started the spurt with a 3-pointer and O'Hern followed with another basket from beyond the arc. Velozo briefly stopped the bleeding with a layup but Serbent made a free throw and scored down low, and Steiner's basket from long range made it 67-56 with 48 seconds to go.

A steal and layup by Harris gave Framingham State its only lead at 2-0. The Continentals followed with a 9-0 run only to have the Rams respond with seven straight points and tie the score at 9-9. A free throw by O'Hern put Hamilton ahead for good with 4:35 left in the first quarter. The Continentals ended the quarter with an 8-2 spurt and led 17-11 after the first 10 minutes.

Framingham State pulled to within a point twice early in the second quarter before Hamilton created some distance between themselves and the Rams with a 14-3 run. O'Hern started things with a layup and a jumper by Steiner made it 24-19. Harris cut Framingham's deficit to three with a basket in the paint but Kelcie Zarle '22 nailed a 3-pointer for the Continentals.

Harris made the first of two free throws and drew the Rams within 27-22 with 4:20 remaining. A layup by Mackenzie Aldridge '20, a jumper by O'Hern, a free throw by Serbent and then a fast-break basket by Serbent gave Hamilton a comfortable 34-22 cushion with 2:31 to go. Framingham State closed the quarter with a 9-2 spurt but still trailed 36-31 at the half.

In the third quarter O'Day's layup cut the Continentals' lead to 43-41 with 4:07 left. Hamilton scored the last four points of the quarter and took a 47-41 advantage into the fourth. The Rams missed their last seven shots and committed two turnovers during the last four minutes of the third quarter. Arnold scored seven of the Continentals' 11 points in the quarter.