Hamilton College's Marie Steiner '20 poured in a career-high 18 points and the Continentals defeated the Cazenovia College Wildcats 71-52 in a non-conference game on Thursday night at Cazenovia's Schneeweiss Athletic Complex.
Hamilton improves its overall record to 8-2 and opens NESCAC play at Trinity College on Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.
Carly O'Hern '20 dropped in 12 points, and Halie Serbent '19 added 11 points and nine rebounds. Liz Arnold '22 contributed nine points, four rebounds and three assists. Mia Caterisano '19 tallied eight points and seven rebounds. Kendall Rallins '19 and Maura Smith '22 both had three steals, and Rallins and Scout Lansing '21 were credited with four assists apiece as the Continentals racked up 18 helpers.
Amy Holland led Cazenovia (1-8 overall) with 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals. Morgan DeLand and Alexis Tubbs scored nine points apiece, and DeLand brought down eight rebounds while Tubbs gathered six.
Steiner scored 10 of Hamilton's first 15 points in the opening three minutes as the Continentals built a 28-11 lead at the end of one quarter. The 5-foot, 10-inch guard drilled her first 3-pointer just 14 seconds into the contest and buried her second trifecta at 7:02 to give Hamilton a 15-5 edge. Hamilton extended its advantage with back-to-back 3-pointers by Smith at 3:22 and O'Hern at 2:21.
Cazenovia opened the second quarter with seven unanswered and cut its deficit to 10 points at 28-18 with 7:21 left. Hamilton immediately responded with an 8-0 run for an 18-point lead midway through the quarter and entered halftime with a 43-24 advantage.
The Continentals kept the home squad scoreless for four-plus minutes to open the third as they gained their largest lead at 26 points with 6:36 remaining in the quarter. After a scoreless first minute, Arnold kickstarted the run with a jump shot and Steiner followed with two free throws and back-to-back layups. Hamilton ended the third with a 56-38 lead and cruised the rest of the way.