William Smith 67 Hamilton 65
December 7, 1996
Hamilton almost pulled off the major upset, but William Smith battled back from a 17-point second half deficit to edge the Continentals, 67-65. Jeesica Levi's basket with 18:22 remaining put Hamilton ahead 46-29, but William Smith then outscored Hamilton 11-0 over the next six minutes to close to 46-40. After a Kim Herrig jumper, Hamilton took a 54-48 lead with 7:32 left. Then Jennifer Goodell and Wendi Schoff took over and scored William Smith's next 15 points. The Herons led 63-60 with 2:46 left. A Jen Moran three-pointer rimmed out with Hamilton down three in the closing seconds and William Smith clinched the win at the foul line. A Moran three-pointer cut the margin to two, at 67-65, but that was as close as Hamilton could get at the end. Levi finished with 16 points on 7-8 shooting, Ashley Merriman scored 16 and grabbed 14 boards and Jen Moran added 15 points.