|Hamilton College||Bates College|
CLINTON, N.Y. — Hamilton College outscored the Bates women’s basketball team 20-11 in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 62-53 NESCAC win Friday night.
Samantha Srinivasan led the Continentals (14-7, 2-5 NESCAC) with 16 points and nine rebounds. Marie Steiner (12 points), Halie Serbent (11) and Carly O’Hern also scored in double figures, with Serbent netting seven points in the final period.
First-year forward Taylor McVeigh (Hanson, Mass.) scored a career-high 15 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench to lead the Bobcats (7-15, 1-7 NESCAC), while sophomore guards Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) and Carly Christofi (Fairlawn, N.J.) added 11 apiece, with Binkhorst totaling a team-high four assists.
First-year guard Julia Middlebrook (Ridgefield, Conn.) scored eight points in the third quarter, hitting both of her 3-pointers and both of her free throws, as the Bobcats pulled into a tie at the end of three periods. Christofi and McVeigh added five points apiece in the quarter.
A three by Middlebrook with 4:09 left and a layup by Christofi with 3:31 to go in the period put Bates in a 38-32 lead. Srinivasan answered with a three to close the gap in half.
Christofi made a three for a 42-39 Bates lead with 1:33 left in the third, but Serbent’s three-point play with 13 seconds left tied the score.
A Middlebrook free throw gave Bates its final lead of the game at 45-44 with 7:32 to go. Hamilton answered with five straight points, including layups by Mia Caterisano and Serbent, to take the lead over for good. Srinivasan hit a three after a McVeigh layup, and Steiner made a layup for a 54-47 lead with 2:27 left in the game.
Binkhorst made a pair of free throws with 37 seconds remaining to close the gap to 56-53. the Stiner answered with a three to ice the win with 18 seconds to go.
Bates will play at No. 1 nationally ranked Amherst tomorrow at 3pm.