Women's basketball edges Clarkson

Eliza Howe '13
Eliza Howe '13
Eliza Howe '13 came off the bench to score 13 points and lead Hamilton College to a 63-60 win against Clarkson University in a Liberty League game at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Feb. 13.

Howe's 3-point play with 1:06 left snapped a 60-60 tie. Clarkson turned the ball over on its next possession, but Reisa Asimovic '11 had a layup roll off the rim with 23 seconds remaining. Clarkson grabbed the defensive rebound and called a timeout. The Golden Knights missed a 3-pointer with six seconds left, and Blue Sanders '13 secured the rebound for the Continentals as they ran out the clock.

Howe also handed out four assists, made two steals and drained all five of her free-throw attempts. Madie Harlem '13 scored all 11 of her points in the second half and grabbed seven rebounds for Hamilton. Alex Sowinski '10 chipped in 11 points and Asimovic finished with 10. Cate Schafer ’10, Sanders and Lisa Olszewski ‘11 brought down five rebounds each.

The Continentals (14-8 overall, 7-5 Liberty) are fourth in the league standings with two games to play. The top four teams make the league tournament, which will be hosted by No. 1 seed Skidmore College on Feb. 26 and 27.

The Continentals scored the first four points of the game, but Clarkson (6-17, 2-10) responded with a layup and a 3-pointer to take the lead with 15:40 left. The score was tied three times in the opening half.

With 2:03 remaining, Clarkson made two free throws to go up by eight at 27-19. Olszewski (eight points) made two free throws of her own, but the Golden Knights hit a 3-pointer and went into the break with a 30-21 advantage. The Continentals shot 24 percent from the floor and 46 percent at the line in the first half.
Hamilton rallied in the second half, and tied the score at 41-41 with 10:55 left on a Harlem 3-pointer. Sowinski gave the Continentals a 49-48 lead on a jumper with 6:41 remaining. The Golden Knights responded with five straight points on a 3-point play and two free throws. Hamilton didn't grab the lead back again until Howe's 3-point play with 66 seconds left. Clarkson shot just 30.4 percent from the field in the second half, while Hamilton improved to 42 percent.

The Continentals committed just eight turnovers and held a 42-40 advantage in rebounds. Hamilton leads the all-time series, 30-16. The Golden Knights shot 89 percent at the free-throw line, while the Continentals finished 15 of 25 at the charity stripe.
The Continentals travel to Vassar College for a league game on Friday, Feb. 19.
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