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Bledsoe Records Double-Double as Cardinals Defeat Hamilton, 62-56

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University women's basketball team came out hot Friday night, jumping out to a 10-2 lead, and never looked back as the Cardinals held off Hamilton College down the stretch to claim a 62-56 win at Silloway Gymnasium.

The Cardinals, led by junior Olivia Gorman's 16 points and senior Maddie Bledsoe's double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, improve to 9-4 overall while claiming their first NESCAC win of the season (1-2). Hamilton drops its first conference game of the year and is now 11-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.


  • Bledsoe capped off Wesleyan's 10-2 run with a put-back layup at the 6:42 mark.
  • The Continentals responded with five unanswered, but a free throw from Gorman followed by a pair of foul shots from Chynna Bailey '19 gave the home team a 13-7 lead after the first quarter.
  • The six-point margin proved to be the difference in the game.
  • Wesleyan increased its lead to 10 early in the second following a layup from Gorman and with 4:41 remaining in the half, a three from the junior guard gave the Cardinals a 24-13 advantage.
  • Hamilton cut into the lead before the break as a basket by Samantha Srinivasan with :19 on the clock made it a four-point margin as Wesleyan led 31-25 at halftime.


  • The second half featured a thrilling 20 minutes of action.
  • Following a jumper by Carly O'Hern at the 4:28 mark, the Continentals trailed by just three, 34-31. However, Wesleyan answered with a three from Bledsoe followed by a layup from Tara Berger '19 just seconds later.
  • With time running out in the third, Marie Steiner hit a jumper to cut the deficit to four but Ava Tompkins '20 drove the length of the court in just nine seconds for a layup with :07 on the clock as the Cardinals took a 46-40 lead entering the fourth.
  • Both teams exchanged baskets in the final quarter until a free throw by Gorman lifted the Cardinal lead to 10, up 57-47 with 3:31 on the clock.
  • Halie Serbent hit one from behind-the-arc with :59 remaining to cut the deficit to six, but that proved to be the closest Hamilton would get the rest of the way, eventually losing by the same margin.


  • Bledsoe now has five double-doubles on the season. She also finished with game-highs of five assists and three steals, and also recorded a block. Berger finished with seven points and eight boards.
  • Three players scored in double-figures for Hamilton, led by Serbent's 16. O'Hern and Steiner each added 10 and Srinivasan pulled in a team-high nine rebounds.


  • Wesleyan returns to the court tomorrow to host No. 1 Amherst at 3 p.m. It's the second meeting between the two Little Three rivals this season, with the Mammoths claiming a 64-40 back on Nov. 21.