Women's basketball stopped by Skidmore
Skidmore College opened the second half with an 11-0 run and the Thoroughbreds rallied for a 57-50 non-conference win against the Hamilton College Continentals at Skidmore's Williamson Center on Nov. 24.
Hamilton (2-3 overall) didn't attempt a single free throw for the first time in at least 12 years. The last time the Continentals didn't make a free throw was Dec. 9, 2010, but they attempted two in that game.
Sam Graber '16 scored a game-high 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Hamilton. It was Graber's fourth straight double-double and the 11th of her collegiate career. She also had three steals. Graber is averaging 19.8 points and 11 rebounds through the first five games.
Theresa Salud '17 dropped in a career-high 13 points and pulled down seven boards for the Continentals. Caroline Barrett '17 was credited with four assists.
Angela Botiba led the Thoroughbreds (1-2) with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Molly McLaughlin chipped in 11 points and four assists and Kelly Donnelly added nine points and four steals. Migle Vilunaite came off the bench to grab nine rebounds. Skidmore went 13-for-20 at the free-throw line.
Hamilton held a slim 28-26 advantage at the break but the Thoroughbreds quickly erased their deficit with 11 straight points at the start of the second half. Botiba started the run with a layup, McLaughlin drained a 3-pointer and Botiba made two more baskets from close range. Amber Holgate ended the spurt with a jumper that made it 37-28 with 14:09 left.
Samantha Srinivasan '18 ended the Continentals' drought with a layup with 13:20 remaining. Two free throws by Vilunaite and a Holgate layup gave Skidmore its largest lead of the night at 41-30 with 11:53 to go.
After a Hamilton timeout, the Continentals went on a 12-3 run and pulled within two points. Graber started the spurt with back-to-back 3-pointers and ended it with a layup that made the score 44-42 with 8:37 left.
The Thoroughbreds scored the next four points for a 48-42 advantage and Hamilton didn't get closer than four points the rest of the night. The Continentals made just three baskets in the final eight minutes. Hamilton shot 25 percent from the floor in the second half.
The Continentals jumped out to a 12-3 lead and were in front for virtually the entire first half. Hamilton had its largest lead of nine points on three occasions. Skidmore's only lead of the half was at 25-24 after a Donnelly free throw with 1:48 remaining. Graber and Salud followed with layups, and the Continentals took a two-point advantage into the locker room.
Both teams shot 31 percent from the floor. Hamilton was 8 of 31 from beyond the arc for 25.8 percent.
The Continentals host SUNY Polytechnic for another non-conference game on Saturday, Nov. 29, at noon.