Hamilton drops 2015-16 NESCAC opener
The Connecticut College Camels jumped out to a 13-point lead after one quarter and went on to a 79-54 NESCAC win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Friday night.
Connecticut Coll. (11-1, 1-0 NESCAC) has won five straight against the Continentals. The game was the conference opener for both teams.
Carly Gruenberg '16 paced Hamilton (4-8, 0-1) with 12 points and four steals. She was the only Continental in double figures in points.
Sam Graber '16 chipped in nine points for the Continentals and moved into sixth place on the program's all-time scoring list with 1,187 for her career. Lauren Getman '18 grabbed eight rebounds.
Hamilton finished with 19 offensive boards and held a 42-40 edge on the glass, but the Continentals shot 29.7 percent from the floor, including 1 of 21 from 3-point range.
Four Camels scored in double figures, led by Liz Malman and Kylie Caouette with 14 points apiece. Malman scored all of her points in the first half and Caouette added four steals. Willa McKinley dropped in 13 points and Jenna Lovett contributed 13 in 20 minutes off the bench.
Mairead Hynes just missed a double-double with nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds for Connecticut Coll. The Camels lead the NESCAC in scoring with 77.2 points per game and in field goal percentage at 42.9 percent.
Hamilton led once at 4-2 on a Gruenberg layup a little more than a minute into the first quarter. The score was tied at 9-9 after the Continentals' Kendall Rallins '19 made a pair of free throws with six minutes left in the first. Connecticut Coll. followed with a 13-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the night.
Malman started the spurt with a jumper, Caouette nailed a 3-pointer and Lovett scored from close range. Malman made two consecutive baskets and McKinley capped the run with a jumper that made it 22-9 with 1:37 remaining in the first.
The Camels, who shot 56.7 percent from the field in the first half, led 24-11 after one quarter and 45-24 at the break. The advantage grew to 27 points at 63-36 after three quarters. Two free throws by Julia Wanfried with 5:04 to go in the fourth gave Connecticut Coll. its largest lead of 32 points at 74-42.
Hamilton hosts Wesleyan University for another NESCAC game on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. The Camels travel to Middlebury College for conference action on Saturday at 3.