Women's basketball edged by Skidmore

Madie Harlem '13
Madie Harlem '13

Skidmore College's Megan Gaugler '12 scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half, and the Thoroughbreds rallied late for a 63-61 win against Hamilton College in a Liberty League game at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Jan. 15.

The Thoroughbreds (6-7 overall , 2-1 Liberty) trailed 61-55 with 90 seconds left when Hamilton's Madie Harlem '13 made a layup. Two free throws by Gaugler and a 3-point play by Christina Gargiso '12 pulled Skidmore within 61-60 with 42 seconds left.

Gargiso then forced a turnover, and Jordyn Wartts '14 found Gaugler open on the right wing for a 3-pointer and a 63-61 lead with 13 seconds remaining. The lead was the first for the Thoroughbreds since 47-46 midway through the second half. The Continentals still had a chance to at least force overtime, but Gaugler stole the ball near midcourt, and Skidmore dribbled out the final seconds. 

The Thoroughbreds opened the first half with an 11-5 run that included a 3-pointer by Michela Ottati ‘14. Skidmore led the entire first half, including 33-23 with 1:57 left. Jessie Kavana '12 came off the bench to drain three 3-pointers and scored all 11 of her points in the first half for the Thoroughbreds. Hamilton cut its deficit to 33-28 at the break thanks to a 3-point play by Harlem and a layup by Lisa Olszewski '11.

Skidmore pushed its lead back up to eight points at 45-37 with 14:30 remaining. But the Continentals came back with a 14-2 run for a 51-47 advantage. A 3-pointer by Harlem gave Hamilton its first lead of the afternoon at 46-45 with 10:30 left.

After a Gargiso layup put the Thoroughbreds back in front by one, Harlem hit another 3-pointer at 9:36 to put the Continentals up 49-47. Eliza Howe '13 completed the run with a jumper with nine minutes remaining. Hamilton remained in the lead until Gaugler's game-winning 3-pointer.

Harlem led Hamilton with a game-high 22 points, including three 3-pointers, and brought down a team-high eight rebounds. Blue Sanders ‘13 recorded four assists and Howe added nine points.

Gaugler ended up 7-for-7 at the free-throw line with four assists and two steals. Ottati chipped in 11 points, and Ismatu Alison-Konteh ’11 had eight rebounds and eight points. Christine Kemp '11 handed out a game-high five assists with just one turnover. Skidmore made more free throws (16) than the Continentals attempted (12).

The Continentals return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 18, for a non-league game at Middlebury College. Skidmore plays another league game at Clarkson on Friday, Jan. 21.

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