O'Hern '20 pours in career-high 25 points in women's hoops loss

Carly O'Hern '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Carly O'Hern '20 (Josh McKee photo)

SUNY Cortland made 13 shots from 3-point range and the Red Dragons held on late for a 76-71 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Cortland's Corey Gymnasium on Sunday night.

Hamilton (10-3 overall) went 16-for-19 (84.2 percent) at the free-throw line and took its largest lead of four points in the final minute of the first half. The Continentals open NESCAC play on Friday, Jan. 10 at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Williams currently has an overall record of 11-0.

Cortland (7-1) shot 50 percent (13-26) from long range. The Red Dragons are 2-0 in the SUNYAC and suffered their lone loss this season at Ithaca College back on Nov. 19. Cortland trailed 37-33 at the break but opened the third quarter with a 16-2 run and the Red Dragons took their biggest lead of 10 points midway through the quarter.

Carly O'Hern '20 paced Hamilton with a career-high 25 points as she made four of the Continentals' five 3-pointers. Kayla Glemaud '21 chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. Glemaud is averaging 15 points and seven boards over the last four games. Marie Steiner '20 provided 10 points off the bench and Liz Arnold '22 handed out a career-best five assists.

Beth Bonin drained seven 3-pointers and led Cortland with 27 points including 19 in the second half. Nyia Longford posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds and added three steals. Casey Travers contributed 14 points and two blocked shots off the bench. Travers was 4 of 6 from beyond the arc.

After Cortland went in front 49-39 with 4:24 left in the third quarter, Hamilton went to work on climbing back into the contest. The Red Dragons led 51-42 with 3:41 remaining but the Continentals ended the quarter with a 6-0 run. O'Hern passed to Mackenzie Aldridge '20 for a jumper, Claire Sehring '22 made a layup and Glemaud canned two free throws.

Hamilton tied the score four times in the fourth quarter but never took the lead again. The last deadlock was at 65-65 with 4:00 to go when O'Hern completed an old-fashioned 3-point play.

A layup by Travers put Cortland in the lead for good with 3:34 left. Steiner pulled the Continentals within three points at 74-71 with 32.1 seconds remaining when she nailed a jumper, got fouled and made the free throw. Hamilton elected not to foul and Longford clinched the win for the Red Dragons on a short floater from the left baseline with 5.2 seconds to go.

Neither team led by more than six points in the first half. The score was tied at 20-20 after one quarter and Cortland held a 32-28 edge with 4:06 left in the second quarter. The Continentals ended the half with a 9-1 run kicked off by a jumper by Scout Lansing '21. Sehring converted a 3-point play, Aldridge added a bucket and O'Hern's two free throws with 57 seconds remaining made it 37-33.