CLINTON, N.Y. – The Wesleyan University women's basketball team never trailed on Friday night as the Cardinals, led by Olivia Gorman's game-high 23 points, defeated Hamilton College on the road, 65-56.
Wesleyan outscored the Continentals 16-5 in the second quarter, which proved to be the difference as the Cardinals improved to 8-5 overall and 1-2 in NESCAC play. Hamilton dropped to 8-4 and 0-2.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Ahead 4-3 in the opening minutes, Wesleyan went on a 10-1 run capped off by a pair of free throws by Gorman at the 4:05 mark.
- Hamilton responded with a 9-0 run of its own, but five-straight points by Gorman put the visitors up 19-13 after one.
- It was all Wesleyan in the second quarter as the Cardinals opened on a 9-2 run to go ahead by 13 following a 3-pointer by Emma Roush with 4:15 on the clock.
- A layup by Kelci Zarle seconds later proved to be the final field goal of the half for Hamilton as Wesleyan held the Continentals to one point in the final 3:41 to take a 35-18 lead at halftime.
- Gorman single-handedly tied Hamilton in the first half as she led all scorers with 18 points at the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan led by double-digits throughout the third quarter and a 3-pointer by Ava Tompkins at the 5:28 mark gave the visitors their largest lead of the game as they went ahead 44-25.
- The Cardinals would eventually take a 51-37 lead into the fourth quarter.
- Hamilton slowly cut into the lead and with 4:22 to play in regulation, Kendall Rallins hit a free throw to get the home team within single digits as they trailed by nine.
- Rallins kept the Continentals in the game and scored six-straight points as they got within seven less than a minute later.
- However, the seven-point deficit proved to be the closest Hamilton would get the rest of the way as Wesleyan held on down the stretch en route to the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- In addition to her game-high 23 points, Gorman also pulled in eight rebounds. Chynna Bailey joined her in double-figures with 11 points. Bailey, Tara Berger, and Caleigh Ryan each grabbed nine rebounds and Ava Tompkins led all players with five assists.
- Rollins was the lone player in double-digits for Hamilton as she dropped 12 points off the bench. Carly O'Hern led the team with seven rebounds and two assists.
- The Cardinals held a commanding 58-40 rebounding advantage.
- Wesleyan remains on the road for a difficult NESCAC matchup tomorrow against the two-time defending national champs and No. 5 Amherst. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m.