The William Smith College basketball team dominated the fourth quarter on its way to a 75-63 non-conference win at Hamilton College tonight. The Herons outscored the Continentals 27-10 over the final 10 minutes of the game to even their record at 3-3. Hamilton suffered just its second loss of the season, slipping to 7-2.
Senior Mia Morrison led the visitors with her second double-double of the season on 29 points and 12 rebounds. She knocked down 60 percent of her shots from the floor (12-20) and made all three of her free throws. Sophomore Juliana Gamboa added 12 points and five assists to the winning effort. Sophomore Stavriana Dimitrakopouloumade three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points while senior Olivia Hughes chipped in nine points.
The Herons shot 43.8 percent from the floor for the game, including 51.6 percent in the second half.
Maria Steiner and Elizabeth Arnold scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, to pace Hamilton. The Continentals shots 35.4 percent from the field, making just 4-of-17 (.235) in the fourth quarter.
William Smith entered the final frame trailing by five points, but the Herons scored 10 straight to open the quarter and take the lead for good. Gamboa keyed the surge with six points. A Steiner layup stopped the run to make it a 3-point game, but Hamilton never had a chance to get closer. Morrison countered Steiner’s bucket with a layup of her own, kick-starting a 10-3 Heron run that stretched the lead to 68-58 with about two minutes remaining. William Smith closed out the victory by going 7-of-8 at the free throw line down the stretch.
The Herons held a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Continentals took a 33-28 lead into halftime.
Arnold scored the opening basket of the second half to make it a 35-28 lead, the home team’s largest advantage of the game. William Smith tied the game twice in the third quarter, but didn’t retake the lead until the start of the fourth quarter.
Series Notes: William Smith leads the all-time series with Hamilton 39-14. The Herons have won each of the past five meetings and nine of the past 12 against the Continentals.
The Herons are off for the next three weeks for final exams and the holidays. They will return to action on Dec. 28, when they play at California Lutheran. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. PT, 7 p.m. ET.