Skidmore rallies for overtime women's basketball win
The Skidmore College Thoroughbreds rallied for their first win of the season, 77-67 in overtime, against the Hamilton College Continentals in a non-conference game at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Monday night.
Skidmore (1-3 overall) outscored the Continentals 15-2 over the final 2:42 of overtime. The Thoroughbreds sealed the win by converting six of eight free throws in the last 34 seconds.
Molly McLaughlin ’15 gave the Thoroughbreds the lead for good at 69-67 on a jumper with 58 seconds to go. Skidmore forced a turnover on the ensuing possession and extended its advantage on a Migle Vilunaite ’17 free throw. Vilunaite rebounded her own miss of the second attempt and fed Angela Bobita ’15 for a layup and a 72-67 cushion. Lindsey Davis ’15 sealed the victory by going 5-for-6 at the line on the Thoroughbreds’ last three possessions.
Skidmore’s first lead came on a McLaughlin layup with 70 seconds remaining in regulation. Hamilton's Samantha Graber ‘16, who led all scorers with a career-best 28 points, tied the score 16 seconds later. The Thoroughbreds turned the ball over on their last possession of regulation but the Continentals missed two shots in the last 20 seconds and sent the game to an extra period.
Graber added eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Carly Gruenberg ’16 collected personal-best totals of 14 points and three assists off the bench. Dani Feigin ’14 scored 11 points and Olivia Pimm ’14 pulled down 10 rebounds.
Jordyn Wartts ’14 led Skidmore with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Bobita pulled down 10 rebounds, which helped the Thoroughbreds to a 50-40 advantage, and Davis scored 15 points. Ella Scheurell ’16 contributed nine rebounds and eight points off the Skidmore bench.
The Thoroughbreds were held to just 15 points over the first 15:11 of the first half before their full-court press sparked a rally that cut Hamilton’s 30-15 lead to six points with 1:50 to go before intermission. The Continentals (2-3) built their lead as high as nine points in the second half before Wartts scored six during an 8-0 spurt that pulled the visitors to within a point with 7:00 left.
Hamilton hosts Utica College for another non-conference game on Sunday at 2 p.m. Skidmore, which won their eighth straight game in the series, are idle until hosting nationally ranked No. 15 Williams College on Tuesday, Dec. 3.