Aldridge '20 scores 10 in women's basketball loss at Nazareth

Mackenzie Aldridge '20 (Victor Lou '21 photo)
Mackenzie Aldridge '20 (Victor Lou '21 photo)

Nazareth College's Rachel Benedict posted a double-double with 15 points and 19 rebounds and handed out four assists in the Golden Flyers' 50-37 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Nazareth's Kidera Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Hamilton (4-1 overall) held the Golden Flyers to 34 percent shooting (18-53) from the field, and the Continentals' 10 steals helped force 20 Nazareth turnovers. Mackenzie Aldridge '20 paced Hamilton with 10 points off the bench. Scout Lansing '21 grabbed eight boards and blocked two shots, Liz Arnold '22 dished out three assists and Kelcie Zarle '22 led the defense with three steals. Zarle is averaging 3.8 steals per game.

Isabella Gjonaj chipped in 12 points and four blocked shots for the Golden Flyers (5-1). Jadyn Abrams pulled down 10 rebounds as Nazareth enjoyed a 51-36 advantage on the glass.

The Golden Flyers jumped out to an 8-2 lead midway through the first quarter and never trailed. The Continentals countered with a 6-0 run and forged the lone tie of the contest. Arnold made the first of two free throws and Kayla Glemaud '21 collected the miss on the second and put it back up and in. Lansing went 1-for-2 at the line and Aldridge nailed a jumper that made it 8-8 with 2:39 left.

A 3-pointer by Nazareth's Miyah Sizer put the Golden Flyers in the lead for good with 2:09 remaining. Nazareth led 16-10 after one quarter and 28-19 at the break. After the first quarter, Hamilton didn't get closer than two points at 21-19 on a jumper by Claire Sehring '22 with 3:28 to go in the second quarter.

The Golden Flyers' first double-digit lead was 31-21 on a Gjonja free throw with 7:19 left in the third quarter. A buzzer-beating jumper by Aldridge drew the Continentals within seven at 38-31 heading into the fourth.

Emma Sehring '23 found Arnold for a basket in the paint with 7:08 remaining and Hamilton was within four at 39-35. The Continentals made just one basket over the final seven minutes, and Nazareth slowly pulled away with an 11-2 spurt the rest of the way. Gjonaj scored five of her 12 points in the fourth quarter and Hamilton was 3 of 12 from the floor with five turnovers during the last 10 minutes.

The Continentals travel to SUNY Cortland for another non-conference game on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m.