Zarle '22 scores career-high 23 in women's hoops setback

Kelcie Zarle '22 (Josh McKee photo)
Kelcie Zarle '22 (Josh McKee photo)

Williams College scored 11 straight points early in the first quarter and the Ephs went on to a 70-61 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Williams' Chandler Gym on Friday night.

The Ephs (12-1, 1-0 NESCAC) were 9 of 17 from 3-point range. Williams started the season with 11 consecutive wins but dropped a 64-58 decision at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Tuesday. 

Hamilton (10-4, 0-1) grabbed 18 offensive rebounds and owned a 21-4 advantage in second-chance points, but shot 31.9 percent from the field. The Continentals play another conference game at Middlebury College on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.

Hamilton's Kelcie Zarle '22 tied a career high with 23 points and was the lone scorer in double figures for the Continentals. Liz Arnold '22 was a point short of a double-double as she finished with nine to go along with a career-best 14 boards. Arnold leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game this season. Carly O'Hern '20 scored nine points, Scout Lansing '21 chipped in eight points and four assists, and Kayla Glemaud '21 hauled in 11 boards.

Maggie Meehan topped the Ephs with 17 points thanks in part to three 3-pointers. Gabby Martin provided 15 points, four assists and four steals off the bench. Emily Chang dropped in 14 points, Mikaela Topper added 10 and Maddy Mandyck pulled down 12 rebounds and blocked five shots.

Baskets by Zarle and Arnold gave Hamilton a 4-3 lead 70 seconds into the first quarter. A 3-pointer by Meehan put Williams in front for good and kicked off an 11-0 run. Meehan and Chang nailed baskets from beyond the arc for a 14-4 advantage with 6:30 left.

The Continentals scored the next eight points and pulled within 14-12 on a Lansing jumper with 2:57 remaining. The Ephs scored the last six points of the quarter and took a 20-12 lead into the second. Hamilton got back within two points again at 28-26 with 6:30 to go in the first half after Zarle was fouled on a 3-point attempt and made all three free throws. Williams scored the next seven points and went into the break with a 39-30 lead.

The Continentals didn't get closer than six points in the second half and the Ephs went up by as many as 16 midway through the fourth quarter. Zarle and Williams' Martin scored eight points apiece in the final 10 minutes.