The Hamilton College women's basketball team defeated Cazenovia College 79-56 in a non-conference game at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Monday night.
The Continentals (6-0 overall) recorded 33 points off 27 turnovers while also collecting 17 second-chance points and a 42-16 advantage in the paint.
Marie Steiner '20 improved upon her 15-point game against Alfred on Nov. 18 with a new career high of 16 points. Carly O'Hern '20 totaled 15 points, six rebounds and a season-best 60 percent shooting from the field. Halie Serbent '19 dropped in 14 points and collected six rebounds. Rylie Mainville '18 had a team-high seven rebounds and two blocks while Kendall Rallins '19 notched five assists and four steals.
Skylar Girard led the Wildcats with 15 points and Alexis Tubbs scored 14 off the bench. Kelli Shepardson and Morgan DeLand had 10 points apiece, and Shepardson added a game-high eight rebounds.
Hamilton totaled four steals before O'Hern drained one of her two three-pointers to give the Continentals a 15-8 edge with 5:57 remaining in the first quarter. Cazenovia responded with a 10-2 run that finished with a three by Girard, giving the Wildcats their only lead at 18-17 with 1:30 left in the quarter. Steiner replied with a three-point bucket to give Hamilton the lead for good.
The Continentals began the second quarter with a narrow 22-20 advantage before igniting a 23-0 run. Hamilton caused eight turnovers before allowing Cazenovia's first points of the quarter. Camille Walter '20 drained a bucket from downtown with 18 seconds remaining before Scout Lansing '21 grabbed a defensive board and went coast-to-coast for a layup at the buzzer. Lansing completed the three-point play at the charity stripe and Hamilton held a 51-27 lead at the half.
Hamilton added nine unanswered points to open the third quarter, giving the Continentals their largest lead at 33 points with 4:06 remaining in the quarter. Hamilton ended the third with a 66-39 lead and cruised to victory in the fourth quarter.
The Continentals are back on the hardwood on Wednesday, Dec. 6 for a 7 p.m. non-conference game against Union College at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House.