Women's basketball takes road loss
Rochester Institute of Technology shot 56.5 percent from the floor and the Tigers defeated the Hamilton College Continentals 77-60 in a non-conference game at RIT's Clark Gym on Nov. 22.
Sam Graber '16 posted her third straight double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds for Hamilton (2-2 overall). Graber added three steals. She is averaging 20.5 points and 11 rebounds through the first four games this season.
Caroline Barrett '17 chipped in 12 points and Lauren Getman '18 grabbed eight rebounds for the Continentals. Hamilton pulled down 19 offensive boards and held a 38-32 advantage on the glass. The Continentals shot just 30.2 percent from the field.
Ashlynn Palmitesso drained six 3-pointers and poured in a game-high 33 points for the Tigers (2-1). Palmitesso also recorded six rebounds and two blocked shots. Julia Bender dropped in 13 points and Sarah Wolcott blocked three shots. Merissa Maiorano added nine points, six boards and five assists. The teams combined to commit 53 fouls.
Hamilton led once at 3-2 early in the first half. The score was tied 6-6 when RIT went on a 9-0 run and the Tigers led the rest of the way. Palmitesso scored the first seven points of the spurt. RIT's advantage grew to 11 points at 29-18 late in the first half. The Continentals cut into their deficit and pulled to within 39-33 at the break. The Tigers shot 61 percent (14-23) in the opening 20 minutes.
Graber cut RIT's lead in half with a 3-point play at the start of the second half but Palmitesso scored the next six points and the Tigers were up 45-36. Hamilton was still within four at 51-47 after two Adrianna Pulford '15 free throws with 10:00 left. At that point, the Continentals were in the middle of a drought that lasted nearly nine minutes when they didn't make a basket. A 3-pointer by Barrett finally ended it and made the score 62-53 with 4:43 remaining. Hamilton didn't get any closer down the stretch. The Continentals were 6 of 24 shooting in the second half.
Hamilton travels to Skidmore College for another non-conference game on Monday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m.