O'Hern '20 nets 17 points in women's basketball setback

#11 Carly O'Hern '20 paced Hamilton with 17 points. #12 Liz Arnold grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds (Ross LaDue photo).
#11 Carly O'Hern '20 paced Hamilton with 17 points. #12 Liz Arnold grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds (Ross LaDue photo).

Union College took the lead for good midway through the second quarter and knocked the Hamilton College Continentals from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 65-56 non-conference win at Union's Viniar Athletic Center on Tuesday night.

Carly O'Hern '20 paced Hamilton (7-1 overall) with 17 points and the Most Outstanding Player of Norwich University's Ed Hockenbury Classic is averaging 17.3 during the last three games. Halie Serbent '19 scored nine points before she fouled out and Kelcie Zarle '22 chipped in nine more off the bench. Liz Arnold '22 contributed eight points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and Kendall Rallins '19 handed out three assists.

Nicole Conley poured in 24 points and blocked four shots for the Dutchwomen (4-2). Corina Lindsay hit three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points off the bench. Elly Vaughan filled the stat sheet with six points, 11 boards, four steals and four blocks. Amber Raisner dished out four assists.

The Continentals shot 28.4 percent from the field including 3 of 17 from 3-point range. Hamilton held an 18-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Continentals took their only lead of the night by scoring the last five points of the first quarter. Zarle found Serbent for a layup with 1:04 left and O'Hern drained a 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining for a 13-12 Hamilton edge at the end of one.

Neither team scored for the first five minutes of the second quarter. Union finally broke the ice and took over for good with an 8-1 run that started with Raisner's jumper with 4:49 to go. Conley added two free throws before Scout Lansing '21 went 1-for-2 at the line for the Continentals. Conley sank two more shots at the charity stripe and Darby Leid made it 20-14 with 3:30 left on two free throws. The Dutchwomen led 28-24 at the break after the teams combined to make just six field goals in the second quarter.

Union jumped out to a 10-point lead at 36-26 after a Lindsay trifecta with 6:33 remaining in the third quarter. The Continentals came roaring back with eight straight points on an O'Hern 3-point play, a layup by Arnold and a basket from long distance by O'Hern that made it 36-34 with 4:53 to go.

Hamilton was still within three points at 42-39 after a Zarle jumper with 2:48 left, but the Dutchwomen effectively clinched the victory with a 14-1 spurt that bridged the end of the third and start of the fourth quarter. Two straight baskets in the paint by Conley gave Union its largest advantage of 16 points at 56-40 with 8:12 remaining. The Continentals didn't get closer than nine the rest of the way. The Dutchwomen shot 60 percent from the floor in the third quarter and Conley scored 11 points in the fourth.