Hamilton College scored 26 points in the first quarter and went on to post a 59-48 win against the SUNY Polytechnic Wildcats in the first round of the 2019 Cardinal Classic at SUNY Plattsburgh's Memorial Hall Gymnasium on Friday night.
Just three days after recording a personal-best 17 points in 22 minutes off the bench at SUNY Poly, Hamilton's Kelcie Zarle '22 went off against the Wildcats again. In her first start of the season and third overall, the sophomore guard sunk a new career-best 23 points by going 8 for 14 from the floor and 7-of-11 from 3-point range.
Zarle's seven buckets from deep range writes her name in the program record book, joining the ranks of Julie Sheldon '93 (vs. Skidmore on Dec. 10, 1992), Molly Kane '09 (vs. William Smith on Jan. 23, 2007) and Madie Harlem '13 (vs. Lehman on Dec. 5, 2009). Furthermore, Zarle's point total is the most scored by a women's basketball player since Halie Serbent '19 dropped in 25 against Colby on Jan. 27, 2018. Zarle currently ranks seventh in the NESCAC in both points per game (16.0) and points per 40 minutes (26.3), and she is 13th with a 47.6 three-point percentage.
Hamilton (3-0 overall) shot 43.5 percent overall and 50 percent from beyond the arc. Carly O'Hern '20 went 5 for 10 from the floor with four 3-pointers for 14 points, and she added seven rebounds. Mackenzie Aldridge '20 came off the bench and contributed seven points and four rebounds. Kayla Glemaud '21 chipped in six points, five rebounds and three assists, Scout Lansing '21 dished out four helpers, and Emma Sehring '23 added four rebounds and two steals.
Taylor Ann Day led SUNY Poly (0-2) with nine points. Eight points apiece came from Molly Burdick and Kiersten Leos with Leos grabbing six rebounds and Burdick getting four. Taylor Aybar filled the stat sheet with six rebounds, five points, five assists and three steals.
Hamilton led 26-9 after the first quarter and 34-20 at the half. The Wildcats crawled back to within eight points with a 14-8 edge in the third, making the score 42-34 in favor of Hamilton to start the fourth and final quarter.
Hamilton will take on the hosts in the championship game at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23. Plattsburgh defeated SUNY Purchase 63-35 in the other first round game on Friday.