Hamilton’s Second Half Rally Lifts Continentals Past Wesleyan, 48-46

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Hamilton 48, Wesleyan 46
Records:
Wesleyan (5-7, 0-2 NESCAC); Hamilton (6-5, 1-1 NESCAC)
Location: Middlebury, Conn.
Date: Saturday, January 7
Time: 3 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University women's basketball team came up short in the closing seconds Saturday as it fell to Hamilton College, 48-46.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • For the second night in a row, the Cardinals came out strong in the first quarter.
  • Ahead 8-7 with 4:40 to play in the first, Wesleyan went on an 8-0 run in less than four minutes before a lay-up by Lauren Getman with :04 on the clock cut the deficit to seven, 16-9.
  • Olivia Gorman '19 hit a three in the opening seconds of the second, and a free throw from Tara Berger '18 gave the home team an 11-point lead.
  • Both teams went back-and-forth throughout the quarter as Kadijah Mathews '18 hit a pair from the charity stripe to give the Cardinals a 32-20 halftime advantage.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:

  • At the 9:02 mark of the third, Gorman hit another three-pointer to give Wesleyan it's largest lead of the game, 36-20.
  • However, the Continentals went on a 13-0 run to get within three following a lay-up from Marie Steiner, and a free throw by Halie Serbent in the closing seconds cut the deficit to two entering the fourth.
  • With 8:21 to play in regulation, Hamilton took its first lead of the game on a three from Carly O'Hern to go up 41-40.
  • Trailing by five with :33 remaining, Vitale hit one from downtown to get within two.
  • Hamilton went 0-for-4 from the free throw line in the closing seconds, but Wesleyan came up short on its final two possessions as the Continentals held on to claim the come-from-behind victory.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Berger led all players with 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting, and also grabbed seven rebounds, while Gorman joined her in double-figures with 11 points. Chynna Bailey '19 corralled a team-high eight boards and also recorded two steals and two blocks.
  • O'Hern was the lone player in double-figures for Hamilton as she scored 11 points off the bench. Samantha Srinivasan added eight, and Serbent grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds.
  • Wesleyan held a slight 43-42 edge in rebounding, but were outscored in bench points 22-9.

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan is back in action next Friday, Jan. 13 and will head to Little Three rival and No. 2 Amherst for a 7 p.m. contest.
  • The Continentals return to the court Tuesday, Jan. 10 and will play at non-conference foe SUNY Cobleskill. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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