Steiner '20 ties season high with 14 points in women's hoops loss

Marie Steiner '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Marie Steiner '20 (Josh McKee photo)

William Smith College scored 27 points in the fourth quarter and the Herons rallied for a 75-63 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Thursday night.

Marie Steiner '20 tied a season high with 14 points for the Continentals (7-2 overall), who lost for the second time this week after opening the season with seven wins in a row. Liz Arnold '22 chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds, and Halie Serbent '19 added eight points and eight boards. Carly O'Hern '20 scored eight points and Scout Lansing '21 handed out three assists.

Mia Morrison led William Smith (3-3) with 29 points and 12 rebounds. Juliana Gamboa dropped in 12 points and dished out five assists, Stavriana Dimitrakopoulou contributed 11 points, and Emma Gallagher led the Heron defense with three steals.

Hamilton led 53-48 after three quarters but William Smith took the lead for good with a 10-0 run during the opening 3:19 of the fourth. A layup by Steiner pulled the Continentals back within three points at 58-55 with 6:13 left but Hamilton didn't get closer than that the rest of the way.

A 3-pointer by O'Hern cut the Herons' lead to four at 62-58 with 3:34 remaining before William Smith put it away with six straight points. A basket in the paint by Olivia Parisi gave the Herons their first double-digit lead at 68-58 with 2:02 to go. Morrison and Gamboa combined to score 18 points, and William Smith went 13-for-14 at the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

The Herons led 17-12 after one quarter thanks to 10 points by Morrison. The Continentals trailed by as many as six at 22-16 in the second quarter but recovered to take a 33-28 advantage into the break. Steiner scored six points during the quarter including a layup with eight seconds left that put Hamilton up by five at the half.

Arnold hit a layup that gave the Continentals a 35-28 cushion 56 seconds into the third quarter. The seven-point lead was the largest for either team until late in the fourth quarter. Serbent's layup beat the buzzer at the end of the third and put Hamilton up 53-48. Arnold led the Continentals with eight points during the quarter.

The Hamilton women don't play again until Jan. 3, 2019, when they travel to Cazenovia College for a non-conference game that starts at 5 p.m.