The Hamilton College Continentals battled back from a 20-point first quarter deficit but ultimately came up short in a 64-59 NESCAC loss against the Williams College Ephs on Saturday afternoon at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.
Liz Arnold '22 led Hamilton (10-11, 0-9 NESCAC) with 12 points. Marie Steiner '20 and Kelcie Zarle '22 both scored 10 points, and Steiner added four boards and three assists. Carly O'Hern '20 swished three 3-pointers for nine points and dished out three assists. Halie Serbent '19 totaled eight points and 10 rebounds, and Kendall Rallins '19 and Gareth Coalson '19 had two blocked shots apiece.
Mikaela Topper guided Williams (11-13, 5-5) with 15 points. Lauren Vostal recorded 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots. Gabby Martin totaled 11 rebounds, eight points, five steals and four assists. Maggie Meehan scored 10 points and Emily Chang chipped in eight.
Williams scored the first six points and never trailed. O'Hern drained a 3-pointer at 7:46 and Serbent followed with an offensive rebound and layup at 7:02 to get Hamilton within one point at 6-5. Arnold knocked down two free throws at 5:27 and made the score 11-7 before Williams scored the final 16 points of the first quarter for its largest lead of 20 points at 27-7.
The scoreboard remained stagnant in the second quarter until Steiner knocked down a 3-pointer at 7:47 and followed with a mid-range jumper at 7:06 that cut Hamilton's deficit to 15 points at 27-12. Mia Caterisano '19 got Hamilton within 13 points after she posted up and rolled in a layup at 3:27, making the score 29-16. The Continentals headed to the locker room down 34-20 after Rallins snagged a defensive rebound and sailed a pass ahead to Zarle who banked in a layup with five seconds left.
Williams outscored Hamilton 19-15 in the third quarter and extended its lead to 18 points, but the Continentals responded with a 24-11 edge in the fourth. Steiner drilled a 3-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter and Arnold swished another downtown jumper at 7:02 for a 56-43 deficit. Hamilton inched even closer at 58-46 after O'Hern hit a trey with 5:16 left. Chang replied with a 3-pointer at 4:42 and gave back the 15-point lead to the Ephs. Hamilton closed the game by outscoring Williams 13-3. Caterisano kicked off the run with a layup at 4:20. Arnold made the score 61-53 after she drained a 3-pointer at 3:59 and then banked in a layup at 2:32. Zarle's 3-pointer at 58 seconds got Hamilton within seven points at 63-56, and she ended the game with another trifecta off a feed from O'Hern with 10 seconds remaining.
Hamilton travels to nationally ranked No. 4/5 Amherst College on Tuesday, Feb. 12 for its final game of the season at 7 p.m. The contest was originally scheduled for Jan. 19 but was postponed due to weather.