Hamilton's defense tightens in fourth quarter, women's basketball falls 63-59 on the road

Sophomore Meghan Graff scored a game-high 20 points at Hamilton on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

CLINTON, N.Y. -- The Hamilton Continentals held the Bates women's basketball team to nine points in the fourth quarter, rallying to defeat the Bobcats 63-59 Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action. 

Sophomore Meghan Graff (South Portland, Maine) scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Bobcats (9-7, 1-2 NESCAC) and sophomore Mia Roy (Bedford, N.H.) added 17 points and seven rebounds. Sophomore Ariana Dalia (Brick, N.J.) tallied eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Continentals (11-6, 1-3 NESCAC) got 18 points from Kelcie Zarle and 13 from Kayla Glemaud. Hamilton outscored Bates by 13 points in the second half. 

Graff's layup with three minutes left in the game put Bates up 59-54. But Zarle answered with a jumper and Claire Sehring's layup cut the Bobcat lead to one with 2:03 remaining. 

Scout Lansing's jumper with 44 seconds left gave Hamilton the lead for good. After a Bobcat turnover, Mackenzie Aldridge split a pair of free throws, making the score 61-59 in favor of Hamilton with 20 seconds to go in regulation. 

Bates had a chance to tie the game but Roy's jumper with three seconds left missed the mark and Glemaud made two free throws to seal the win for Hamilton. 

The Bobcats led by nine at halftime and by as many as 13 in the second half. 

Senior captain Melanie Binkhorst (West Hartford, Conn.) hit a jumper with 8:10 left in the third quarter, putting Bates up 39-26. The Continentals rallied but the Bobcats still led by seven at 50-43 on a Roy three with 1:32 remaining in the third. A 6-0 run from Hamilton cut the Bates lead to one entering the fourth quarter.

Bates scored the first five points of the fourth quarter, going up by six on a three-point play from Graff with 8:04 to go in the game.

Over the next seven minutes, the Bobcats held off Hamilton's attempts to take a lead until Lansing's jumper with 44 seconds left.

The Bobcats look to bounce back next Saturday when they host Tufts at 3pm.