Hamilton College 's Halie Serbent '19 scored nine of her team-high 14 points in the second half and the Continentals came from behind for a 54-46 non-conference win against the SUNY Cortland Red Dragons at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Tuesday night.
The Continentals (10-5 overall) trailed by as many as nine points in the first quarter but outscored Cortland 13-8 in the third and sealed the win in the fourth by outscoring the visitors 24-16.
Serbent also led Hamilton with eight rebounds as the Continentals held a 44-38 edge on the glass. Marie Steiner '20 dropped in nine points and collected six rebounds. Kelcie Zarle '22 chipped in eight points and two steals, Liz Arnold '22 grabbed six boards and Kayla Glemaud '21 added seven rebounds and three steals.
Tanna Mohammed paced Cortland (7-9) with 14 points and two steals. Katie Carey had seven points, Justine Crespo totaled seven rebounds and five points, and Meghan Flanagan brought down six rebounds.
The fourth quarter began deadlocked at 30-30 and there were two lead changes and one tie before Zarle's jumper gave Hamilton the lead for good at 36-35 with 6:28 left. Serbent knocked down two free throws to tie the score at 32-32 at 9:39. Steiner's layup at 9:18 made the score 34-32 for the Continentals' first lead since the opening quarter. Following Zarle's go-ahead jump shot, Hamilton went on a 12-5 run capped by a downtown jumper by Serbent at 1:28 for a 48-40 advantage. Hamilton secured the win by going 4-for-4 from the charity stripe during the final 34 seconds.
Hamilton started the third stanza down 22-19, a deficit that was erased in just over four minutes. Kendall Rallins '19 kicked off the quarter with a steal and quick layup, and Serbent followed with a bucket off the glass. Cortland's Flanagan dropped in a 3-pointer to make the score 25-21 at 8:34, but back-to-back layups by Rallins and Steiner tied the score with 5:55 to go. The teams exchanged 5-0 runs to close the quarter.
Both teams turned it over seven times in the first quarter alone, but it was Cortland that held a 15-9 lead after the first 10 minutes. Hamilton's Mackenzie Aldridge '20 tied the score at 6-6 with a mid-range jumper at 2:42 and the Red Dragons responded with nine unanswered points. Serbent and Zarle got Hamilton back within six points at the end of the quarter with a layup and free throw in the final 30 seconds. The offensive woes continued for both squads through the second quarter with Hamilton taking a slight 8-7 edge. Serbent opened the second with a layup off a dish from Carly O'Hern '20 and Steiner drained a 3-pointer at 7:01 to get Hamilton within two points at 17-15.
Hamilton returns to NESCAC action this weekend as the Continentals travel to No. 1/1 Bowdoin College on Friday, Jan. 25.