Hamilton College's Kelcie Zarle '22 scored a career-best 17 points in 23 minutes off the bench and the Continentals posted an 85-39 non-conference win against the SUNY Polytechnic Institute Wildcats at SUNY Poly's Campus Center Gym on Tuesday night.
Hamilton (2-0 overall) and SUNY Poly (0-1) meet again in just three days at SUNY Plattsburgh's 2019 Cardinal Classic on Friday, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m. in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
The Continentals went 32 of 71 from the floor (45.1 percent) and totaled 18 steals and 16 assists. Hamilton scored 39 points off turnovers, held a 42-20 edge in the paint and outscored the Wildcats 40-15 in bench points.
Nine of Zarle's points came from 3-point range and she added five steals and three assists. Carly O'Hern '20 contributed 11 points and six rebounds. Emma Sehring '23 totaled 10 points, five rebounds and four assists. Claire Sehring '22 gathered a game-high 12 rebounds, blocked three shots and sunk eight points, and Liz Arnold '22 and Marie Steiner '20 chipped in nine points apiece.
Jaida Washington paced SUNY Poly with 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Kayla Prosinski came off the bench and scored eight points in 13 minutes. Kierra Connor collected five rebounds and Molly Burdick had four points, four boards and one block.
Hamilton led 25-10 after one quarter and 44-21 at the half. The Continentals were 9 of 18 from the floor, 3 of 6 from 3-point range and went 9-for-10 from the charity stripe in the third quarter as they outscored the Wildcats 30-4 for a 74-25 advantage heading into the final 10 minutes.