Arnold '22 nearly posts double-double in women's hoops setback

Liz Arnold '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Liz Arnold '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Trinity College took the lead for good on a 3-pointer with 2:39 left in the fourth quarter and the Bantams went on to post a 63-60 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Trinity's Oosting Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton (8-3, 0-1 NESCAC) scored 29 points off 19 Bantam turnovers. Liz Arnold '22 almost recorded a double-double as she finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Halie Serbent '19 dropped in 14 points before fouling out with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter and Carly O'Hern '20 added 14 points off the bench. Kendall Rallins '19 distributed four assists.

The Bantams (11-2, 1-1) made 8 of 19 shots (42.1 percent) from beyond the arc. Erin Cunningham drained five of those baskets from long range and ended up with 20 points to go along with nine boards. Peace Kabari chipped in 13 points, five assists and five offensive rebounds.

Trinity held a 46-45 edge after three quarters and there were four lead changes and three ties in the fourth. A Cunningham trifecta six seconds into the final quarter represented the largest lead for either team at four points during the last 10 minutes.

The Continentals responded to Cunningham's long-range bomb with a 9-2 run for a 54-51 lead with 5:41 remaining. Arnold started the spurt with a free throw, Serbent made a layup, Mia Caterisano '19 converted two baskets in the paint, and Arnold followed her own miss and capped the run with a layup.

Cunningham immediately countered with another 3-pointer that tied the score at 54-54. Kabari and Hamilton's Marie Steiner '20 traded baskets from close range, and Kelcie Zarle '22 put the Continentals back in front on a layup with 3:35 to go. Kabari drew the Bantams even with two free throws but Zarle found Serbent for a layup that gave Hamilton its last lead at 60-58 with 3:03 left.

Serbent picked up her fifth foul 11 seconds later, and a 3-pointer by Allie Morin handed Trinity the lead for good with 2:39 remaining. The Continentals were 0 of 4 from the field and committed three turnovers in the final two minutes. The Bantams' Courtney Erickson calmly sank two free throws in the final seconds to account for the final score.

Trinity jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first quarter but Hamilton roared back with eight straight points. The Bantams finished the quarter with a 10-3 run and owned an 18-11 cushion at the end of one.

Another Cunningham 3-pointer gave Trinity its largest lead of 11 points at 27-16 with 7:08 to go in the second quarter. The Continentals ran off the next 13 points, including seven by Arnold, and went in front at 29-27 on a Serbent jumper with 1:23 left. Hamilton took a 32-30 edge into the locker room at halftime.

The Continentals return to Margaret Bundy Scott Field House where they will host Wesleyan University in NESCAC action on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.