Women’s basketball improves to 7-0 with win over Union

Halie Serbent ’19 (Josh McKee photo)
Halie Serbent ’19 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College women's basketball team remained undefeated with a 65-47 non-conference victory against Union College at Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Wednesday night.

The Continentals (7-0 overall) drained eight buckets from three-point range for a season-high 44.4 percent. Hamilton outrebounded the visitors 50-26 and added 16 second-chance points. Additionally, the Continentals totaled 28 points in the paint compared to the Dutchwomen's 12.

Marie Steiner '20 led the way with 12 points and went 2-for-3 from beyond the arc. Samantha Srinivasan '18 scored 11 points and went 3-for-4 from three-point range. Mackenzie Aldridge '20 notched a season-high nine points and dished out three assists. Lauren Getman '18 and Halie Serbent '19 chipped in eight points apiece, and Getman collected a game-high 11 rebounds. Serbent added eight boards, three assists and two three-pointers.

Jenni Barra scored 13 points for Union (2-3). Elly Vaughan totaled 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Nicole Conley blocked two shots and collected seven rebounds.

Hamilton built a 6-0 advantage through the first four minutes and never surrendered the lead. Srinivasan and Serbent had five points apiece in the quarter, and Serbent sank one of her two threes with 20 seconds remaining to give Hamilton a 20-8 edge after the opening 10 minutes.

Barra attempted a comeback for the Dutchwomen when she scored back-to-back threes to start the second quarter. Vaughan added a layup for eight unanswered points to get Union within four at 20-16, but Aldridge stopped the run with a three-pointer. Srinivasan and Serbent gave the Continentals a 33-23 lead at the half with back-to-back treys. Serbent first served the ball to Srinivasan for a 3-point bucket with 35 seconds remaining, and then Serbent swished a 23-footer at the buzzer with a dish from Getman off a defensive board.  

The Continentals shot 60 percent from the floor and 75 percent from three-point range in the third quarter alone, outscoring Union 23-6. Kendall Rallins '19 built the momentum with two quick layups after a steal by Carly O'Hern '20 and a block by Getman. Vaughn responded with three points for Union, but Hamilton went on a 15-3 run, capped off with Serbent and Srinivasan closing the quarter with another buzzer beater. Serbent gathered an offensive board and kicked the ball out to Srinivasan for a 3-pointer, giving Hamilton its largest lead of 27 points at 56-29.

The Continentals visit Bard College (0-7) on Friday, Dec. 8 for a non-conference game at 7 p.m. in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.