Clinton, N.Y. - After going down 20-5 after the first quarter, the Trinity College women's basketball team outscored the Hamilton College Continentals, 61-48, the rest of the way but ultimately fell, 68-66 on Saturday afternoon in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play at Margaret Bundy Field House in New York. The Bantams fall to 9-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play while the Continentals improve to 10-2 on the year and 1-0 in league action.
Despite the Trinity rally, the Continentals never surrendered the lead as they shot 48.2 percent from the floor and held a 34-26 edge in the paint. The Hamilton bench contributed 34 points compared to five points off Trinity's bench. The Bantams return to action on Tuesday for a home game against Dean College.
Halie Serbent tallied 14 points, two steals and a career-high four blocks for Hamilton while Marie Steiner dropped in 13 points with three buckets from deep range and had two steals coming off the bench. Mia Caterisano matched a career-high 12 points and went 6-for-7 from the floor in 16 minutes of play while Lauren Getman had nine points and seven rebounds, and Samantha Srinivasan gathered a career-high 12 rebounds and dished out five assists.
Trinity sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) scored a season-high 18 points and added 10 rebounds for her fourth double-double of the season while junior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) dropped in 17 points and went 9-for-11 from the free throw line. Fellow junior Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) added 14 points and classmate Becky Reifler (Garden City, N.Y.) had 11 points.
The score was tied 2-2 after the opening tip-off when Hamilton scored 10 unanswered points, which included back-to-back threes by Serbent and Steiner. Reifler and sophomore Emily Peters (North Attleboro, Mass.) broke the run with three points for Trinity, making the score 12-5 with 3:28 remaining in the opening stanza. The Continentals closed the first quarter with an 8-0 run for a 15-point advantage at the end of the quarter.
Kabari opened the second with a layup and completed the three-point play at the charity stripe. Erickson followed with a layup to get Trinity within 10 points of the lead, but a steal by Steiner and a bucket by Serbent denied the momentum shift. After three scoreless minutes, Kendall Rallins completed her own three-point play with 5:33 remaining in the second quarter. Peters responded with a layup for Trinity, and Steiner came right back and drained a three-pointer to give Hamilton their largest lead of the game at 28-12. The Continentals had a 30-23 advantage at the half after the Bantams scored eight unanswered in the final three minutes of the second quarter.
Cunningham and Reifler got Trinity within three points at 34-31 with two three-point baskets during the opening minutes of third quarter, but Hamilton closed the door with five unreturned points. Mackenzie Aldridge drained a basket from downtown at the 3:01 mark, igniting another 7-0 run for Hamilton to gain a 13-point lead at the end of the third.
Both teams scored point for point until halfway through the final quarter when Kabari and Erickson combined for five straight points, cutting into Hamilton's 59-54 lead with 3:48 left in the game. The teams exchanged points again until 58 seconds remained on the clock and the Bantams put together a 7-1 run which concluded with a three-pointer from Reifler to make the score 64-62. Srinivasan and Aldridge both went 2-for-2 from the free throw line in the final seconds. Trinity's Kabari made a layup at the buzzer to make the final score 68-66.