Women's basketball drops defensive struggle against Union

Madie Harlem '13
Madie Harlem '13

Brittney Kenney '14 scored a game-high 20 points to lead Union College to a 49-39 win over Hamilton College in a non-conference game at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Nov. 30.

Kenney added two steals and three assists. Shayla Madden '13 chipped in eight points and six rebounds, while Amy Loya '14 led the Dutchwomen with seven rebounds. Mary Donohue '12 dished out a team-high four assists, and Rachel Beaulac '12 posted three steals. Union has won six of the last seven meetings, but Hamilton still leads the all-time series 27-24.

Madie Harlem '13 led the Continentals with 11 points to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds and three steals. It is the fourth double-double of her Hamilton career. Dani Feigin '14 dished out a career-high six assists and scored eight points. Adrianna Pulford '15 chipped in eight points and Olivia Pimm '14 pulled down six rebounds.

Union (2-2 overall) scored the first seven points and led 14-2 with 16:19 left in the first half. The Dutchwomen still led by as many as nine points midway through the half, but a pair of jumpers by Pulford pulled Hamilton to within 20-16 with 7:22 remaining. Union stretched its lead back to nine at 27-18 when Madden hit a 3-pointer with 3:00 left. But Feigin scored the final four points of the half, and the Dutchwomen held a 27-22 advantage at the break.

Union scored the first five points of the second half to make it 32-22 with 19:14 left. But Hamilton went on a 12-4 run, capped by Harlem's layup, to pull the Continentals within 36-34 with 11:16 remaining. Hamilton then went nearly 11 minutes before they made their next basket.

After the Dutchwomen took a 40-34 lead with 9:27 left, the Continentals held Union without a point for the next 6 minutes, 18 seconds. But Hamilton made just three free throws during that stretch. With the Dutchwomen clinging to a 40-37 lead, Kenney made a layup with 3:09 left, and Carolyn Niedzwiecki '14 converted another layup 30 seconds later. Loya clinched the victory on a layup with 1:02 remaining.

Hamilton outrebounded Union 41-34, thanks to 17 offensive boards. The Continentals shot just 20 percent in the second half and missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts.

Hamilton hosts Utica College for a non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Union travels to SUNY Cobleskill for a non-conference game on Dec. 3, at 3 p.m.

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