Women’s hoops wins Norwich Ed Hockenbury Classic title

Left to right: Halie Serbent '19, Norwich Director of Athletics, Anthony Mariano, Gareth Coalson '19, Kendall Rallins '19 and Mia Caterisano '19
Left to right: Halie Serbent '19, Norwich Director of Athletics, Anthony Mariano, Gareth Coalson '19, Kendall Rallins '19 and Mia Caterisano '19

The Hamilton College Continentals defeated the hosts 62-43 in the championship game of the 2018 Norwich University Ed Hockenbury Classic at Norwich's Andrews Hall Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon.

Carly O'Hern '20 was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player after she drained a career-best five jumpers from beyond the arc and finished with 21 points and eight rebounds. The junior guard also tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the semifinal against Framingham State on Friday night. Halie Serbent '19 was named to the all-tournament team. Serbent finished the weekend shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the floor and averaged 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

Hamilton (7-0 overall) outshot the Cadets from 3-point range 30.8 percent to 11.1 percent and scored 14 points off 16 turnovers.

Nine points apiece came from Mia Caterisano '19 and Marie Steiner '20, and the duo combined for nine rebounds. Scout Lansing '21 and Steiner both had two steals, and Kendall Rallins '19 and Mackenzie Aldridge '20 each chipped in five points.

Mary Casamassa led Norwich (2-5) with 16 points and Emily Oliver gathered a game-high 10 rebounds. Vanessa Fleury contributed seven rebounds, six points and three assists.

O'Hern scored over half of the Continentals 25 points in the opening quarter as she shot a perfect 4-for-4 from deep and racked up 14 points. She opened the game with eight straight points off two 3-pointers and a layup to give the Continentals the early lead. Serbent kicked off an 11-2 run when she drained a three at 5:37, and the spurt ended with back-to-back threes from O'Hern to make the score 21-5 with 2:42 on the clock.

Rallins hit a 3-pointer in the opening minute of the second stanza to extend Hamilton's lead to 18 points at 28-10. The Cadets began to chip away at the deficit, putting together an 11-4 run to get within 10 points with 3:19 on the clock. Hamilton closed the quarter with six unanswered points and held a 35-19 halftime lead.

After Norwich's Naomi Rinaldo kicked off the third with a layup, Hamilton made the score 42-21 with a 7-0 run. Steiner wrapped up the streak at 6:43 when she banked in a layup, drew the foul and finished the 3-point play on the charity stripe. O'Hern made the score 47-26 with a downtown jumper at 3:36 and Aldridge made the score 52-28 when she knocked down a three in the final minute of the third. Aldridge's layup at 2:09 in the fourth quarter gave Hamilton its largest lead of 26 points at 62-36.

Hamilton visits Union College on Tuesday, Dec. 4 for a non-conference game at 6 p.m. Tuesday will be the 40th straight year that the Continentals and Dutchwomen have met on the hardwood. The teams are former Liberty League adversaries prior to the Continentals joining the NESCAC in 2011. Hamilton controls the all-time series, 31-26.