Women's basketball postseason hopes dashed
Hamilton College committed 25 turnovers and the visiting Continentals were knocked out of contention for the Liberty League championship tournament with a 48-44 loss against Union College in the regular season finale at the Viniar Athletic Center on Feb. 21.
Skidmore College recorded back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday to win a spirited competition for the fourth and final tournament spot. Heading into the weekend, Hamilton, William Smith College, and Skidmore were locked in a three-way tie for the No. 4 seed. Union emerged as the league's regular season champion.
Molly Kane '09 led all Continentals with 10 points in her final game wearing the Buff & Blue. Sydney Fasulo '09 was limited to just five field goal attempts and seven points. Fasulo finished her career tied for third place on the program's scoring list with 1,316 points. Julie Sheldon '93 ended her career with the same number. Fasulo is also fifth all-time with 693 rebounds.
Sarah Schrader '09, Laura Wetmore '09, Reisa Asimovic '11 and Kari Skitka '12 contributed six points each. Schrader ended up fourth on the team's career steals list with 181. She also added 202 assists.
Hamilton (14-10 overall, 7-7 Liberty) jumped out to a 12-6 lead eight minutes into the first half. Union battled back to claim a 17-16 lead with 6:07 left in the half and went into the break with a 27-20 advantage.
The Dutchwomen (18-6, 12-2) extended their lead to 11 points at 37-26 with 13:48 left. Two Asimovic free throws and a Wetmore three-pointer pulled the visitors to within six points at 37-31 with 10:35 to go. Union answered with a long ball of its own, but Hamilton scored the game's next seven points on another Wetmore trey, a Skitka layup, and two free throws by Schrader to cut the Continentals' deficit to 40-38 with 5:18 remaining.
The Continentals sliced their deficit to two points three more times. A Fasulo jumper with just 1:02 to go cut the Union lead to 46-44, but Union sank two free throws with 34 seconds left to push the margin back to four points.
Hamilton held Union to just 26 percent accuracy from the field in the second half and 34 percent in the game. The Continentals blocked six shots, but were outrebounded, 31-26.