Women's basketball evens NESCAC record at 3-3 with win at Wesleyan

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

Hamilton College's Carly O'Hern '20 poured in 22 points and the Continentals pulled off a 58-51 NESCAC win on the road against Wesleyan University at Wesleyan's Silloway Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton (13-7, 3-3 NESCAC) has won its last three conference games. The Continentals shot just 28.8 percent from the field but helped offset that by making more free throws (16) than the Cardinals attempted (6). Hamilton enjoyed a 46-35 advantage on the glass.

Wesleyan (11-9, 1-5) scored 24 points in the paint compared to 14 for the Continentals. The Cardinals were 2 of 14 from the floor and outrebounded 15-7 in the third quarter when they scored seven points.

O'Hern drained four 3-pointers and was a perfect 8-for-8 at the line. She also grabbed nine boards. Liz Arnold '22 was a rebound short of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards to go along with two blocked shots. Arnold pulled down six offensive rebounds and leads the NESCAC with 4.3 per game. Kelcie Zarle '22 and Kayla Glemaud '21 chipped in eight points apiece and Scout Lansing '21 handed out four assists.

Marina Petruzzi paced Wesleyan with 16 points and Maddie Clark dropped in 13. Katy O'Connor contributed eight rebounds and two blocks and Ava Tompkins registered eight boards and three assists.

The Continentals trailed 30-29 at the half but O'Hern opened the third quarter with a pair of 3-pointers for a 35-30 lead. The Cardinals responded with seven straight points and took their last lead at 37-35 on a 3-pointer by Tompkins with 6:05 left. Wesleyan didn't score for the next eight-plus minutes.

Hamilton went in front for good with the last nine points of the third quarter and the first two points of the fourth. Arnold started the spurt with two layups and Marie Steiner '20 drained a 3-pointer and added two free throws as the Continentals went into the final 10 minutes with a 44-37 lead. O'Hern made it a nine-point cushion on two free throws with 8:29 remaining.

The Cardinals didn't get within one possession until a Clark trifetca pulled them within three points at 52-49 with 1:38 to go. O'Hern pushed the Hamilton lead back to five points on two free throws with 40 seconds left, but a layup by Clark drew Wesleyan within three again at 54-51 with 31 seconds remaining. The Continentals sealed the victory with four free throws in the last 23 seconds as the Cardinals turned it over and missed a 3-pointer on their last two possessions. Hamilton's Arnold corralled a key offensive rebound after two missed free throws with 28 seconds to go. O'Hern had 10 points in the fourth and Clark scored eight of her 13.

The Continentals opened the game with four straight points and led by as many as six at 13-7 and 15-9 in the first quarter. Wesleyan scored the next eight points and took its first lead at 17-15 just 11 seconds into the second quarter. Hamilton went back up by six at 25-19 after a 7-0 run that included two free throws and a deep 3-pointer by Zarle that she made with a hand in her face as the shot clock was winding down. The Cardinals came back with their own 7-0 spurt for a 26-25 edge with 4:12 left. Wesleyan ended up taking a one-point lead into the break. Petruzzi had 13 points in the first half and Zarle scored all eight of hers in the second quarter.

The Continentals are back home for a NESCAC game with Colby College on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.