Women's basketball builds big lead early, cruises to win over Colby

Kayla Glemaud '21 (Josh McKee photo)
Kayla Glemaud '21 (Josh McKee photo)

Hamilton College scored the first 14 points and the Continentals posted a 61-44 NESCAC win over the Colby College Mules at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Friday night.

The Continentals (14-7, 4-3 NESCAC) have equaled their mark for most conference wins in a season since joining the NESCAC for basketball in 2011-12. Hamilton scored 22 points off 19 Colby turnovers, held a 38-18 advantage in points in the paint, and racked up 30 bench points to 10 for the Mules.

Colby (7-13, 2-6) shot 30.4 percent from the field including 2 of 15 from 3-point range. Tonight's game is believed to be the first in the history of NESCAC women's basketball where both head coaches -- the Continentals' Mahogany Green and the Mules' Chenel Harris-Smith -- are African-American.

Liz Arnold '22, Kayla Glemaud '21 and Emma Sehring '23 scored 10 points each for Hamilton. Glemaud recorded all of her points in the first half and Sehring's total tied a season high. Claire Sehring '22 chipped in nine points and six rebounds, and Mackenzie Aldridge '20 made three steals. Arnold grabbed four offensive rebounds and leads the NESCAC with 4.3 per game.

Grace Coutu paced Colby with 11 points, seven boards and three blocked shots. Ainsley Burns and Alisha Aube dropped in 10 points apiece.

The Continentals went on a 14-0 run in the opening 4:28 and the Mules didn't get within single digits the rest of the night. Glemaud drained a jumper from just inside the 3-point arc near the top of the key, Arnold went in for a fast-break layup after a Colby turnover, and Glemaud drove into the lane from the left wing and made a layup from the right side of the hoop. Glemaud added another basket in the paint on a nice feed from Scout Lansing '21, and the Mules called a 30-second timeout with 7:45 left.

Kelcie Zarle '22 drove the lane and then kicked it out to Glemaud in the right corner for a long two, and then Glemaud split the lane for a driving layup. Lansing capped the run with an aggressive move to the hoop. Hamilton held a 21-6 advantage at the end of the quarter as the Continentals were 10 of 16 from the floor. Colby was just 2 of 14 shooting in the opening 10 minutes.

Hamilton extended its cushion to 18 points at 35-17 by the break. A jumper by Zarle early in the third quarter gave the Continentals their first 20-point advantage at 37-17 and they took a 51-28 lead into the final 10 minutes. Lauren Kuster '23 drained a pair of free throws for her first two collegiate points and Hamilton's biggest lead of 25 at 55-30 with 8:13 remaining.

The Continentals host nationally ranked No. 3 Bowdoin College (20-2, 6-2) in more conference action at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 8. Hamilton will honor Carly O'Hern '20, Marie Steiner '20 and Aldridge during a senior recognition ceremony prior to the start of the game.