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Union escapes with 54-51 women's basketball win

The Hamilton College Continentals (3-4 overall) dropped a 54-51 non-conference decision against the Union College Dutchwomen at Hamilton’s Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Wednesday night.

Box score

The Dutchwomen (5-1) scored the go-ahead basket with 31 seconds left and held on for the win after Hamilton missed a 3-point shot with 4 seconds to go. There were nine ties and neither team led by more than six points all night.

Union’s Cailin Schmeer ’16 broke a 51-51 tie on a long jumper with 31 seconds to go. Kate Thompson15 pulled down the defensive rebound for the Dutchwomen after the Continentals missed a potential game-tying shot and made 1 of 2 free throws for a 54-51 lead. Hamilton’s Olivia Pimm ’14 rebounded Thompson’s missed free throw and the Continentals set up for another game-tying shot, but a 3-point attempt from the top of the arc was off the mark. The final buzzer sounded as players scrambled for the loose ball.

Samantha Graber ’16 recorded her second double-double of the season for the Continentals with game highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds. Graber also contributed three steals. Carly Gruenberg ’16 finished with 10 points and nine rebounds and Pimm pulled down eight boards. Serena Ward '16 dropped in 11 points off the bench on the strength of three 3-pointers.

Schmeer scored a team-best 14 points off the bench for Union and pulled down seven rebounds. She added a game-high five steals as the Dutchwomen scored 19 points off Hamilton’s 23 turnovers. Kristin Schmidt ’14 collected 13 points and seven rebounds, Thompson pulled down nine boards and Kelsey McDonald ’14 led the Dutchwomen with seven assists.

Graber helped spur the Continentals to an 8-2 run that closed out the first half and sent Hamilton into the break with a 34-33 lead. After the Dutchwomen opened a 31-26 lead with 5:06 remaining in the first half, they made just one of their final 11 shot attempts. Graber scored six of Hamilton’s eight points in the spurt.

Union scored the first four points of the second half for a 37-34 advantage and remained in front until 13:07 remained. After the Continentals took their final lead at 42-41 on a free throw by Kate Bushell ‘17 with 11:37 to go, Union went on a 6-0 run. Hamilton rallied to within 49-48 on a Graber layup with 2:11 left and tied the score at 51-all on a 3-point basket by Ward with just under a minute remaining.

The win was the seventh in the past nine meetings for the Dutchwomen and cut Hamilton’s advantage in the all-time series to 28-25. Both teams shot less than 30 percent from the floor and combined to score just 38 points in the second half. Hamilton went 4-for-11 at the free-throw line in the final 20 minutes.

The Continentals play another non-conference game at Alfred University on Friday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. Union is idle until it travels to Utica College for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

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