Women's basketball falls at No. 15 Williams
Williams College scored the first eight points and the nationally ranked No. 15 Ephs led from start to finish in their 66-49 NESCAC victory against the Hamilton College Continentals at Williams' Chandler Gym on Jan. 25.
Ellen Cook led the Ephs with 18 points, five steals and four blocked shots. Kellie MacDonald filled the stat sheet with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. Mary Kate O'Brien dropped in 12 points and Oge Uwanaka grabbed 12 boards. Williams extended its win streak to four games.
Dani Feigin '14 paced Hamilton (7-9, 1-4 NESCAC) with 13 points before she fouled out with a little more than two minutes left. Samantha Graber '16 chipped in 10 points and tied a career high with 13 rebounds for her second straight double-double and fourth this season.
Carly Gruenberg '16 added eight points and tied a career best with nine boards for the Continentals. Olivia Pimm '14, who ranks third in the NESCAC in rebounding, pulled down eight. Hamilton finished with 17 offensive rebounds and held a 44-41 edge on the glass, but the Continentals shot 25 percent (16-64) from the floor.
The Ephs (16-2, 3-2) jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first five minutes and grabbed their first double-digit lead with just more than 12 minutes left in the half when MacDonald made it 12-2 on an unassisted drive to the hoop. A five-point Hamilton run by Graber brought the Continentals back within 14-9.
The score remained 15-9 for nearly three minutes until MacDonald sank two free throws and jump-started a six-point run for the Ephs. The Continentals responded with a lefty layup by Feigin and two free throws by Kate Bushell '17, but Williams still maintained a ten-point advantage at 23-13. Williams put the Continentals at the line four more times in the next two minutes and Hamilton climbed within four points at 23-19.
With just more than two minutes to play in the half, Jane Thompson made a pair of free throws for the Ephs and extended their lead back to 27-21. The last 30 seconds of the half included a jumper by Feigin and a three-point play by O’Brien, and Williams took a 30-23 advantage into the break.
The Ephs shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and Williams regained its double-digit lead with 16:36 to go at 37-26. The Continentals kept the Ephs from extending their lead beyond that 11-point gap until just under the twelve minute mark. A jumper by Elise Testa and a strong drive to the hoop by Uwanaka brought the score to 44-32. O’Brien extended that lead with a quick-release 3-pointer followed by a steal and made basket. Hamilton didn't get closer than 10 points in the final 10 minutes.
The Continentals travel to SUNY Institute of Technology for a non-conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 8 p.m.