CLINTON, N.Y. – Senior guard, Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) posted a game high 18 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the free throw line, to lead visiting Morrisville State College women's basketball past host Hamilton College by a 54-41 final in non-conference action Tuesday night in Clinton.
The win is the first for the Mustangs over the Continentals in seven meetings, and improves their overall record to 8-3 to date on the season.
Anderson, who also had three buckets from the floor, added seven rebounds and six assists to her tallies on the night, while teammates Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) and Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) each contributed 10 to the winning effort.
Kaitlyn Griffin (Brewerton, N.Y.) led the Mustangs with nine rebounds.
Halie Serbent led Hamilton with 16 points and seven boards, as the Continentals held the slim 42-39 advantage on the glass.
Morrisville State had a late 5-0 offensive spurt to claim a 12-9 first quarter lead over the hosts, before rattling off a 14-4 run in the second to build up a 13 point advantage with two minutes to go in the half.
Hamilton closed out the half with a 6-2 offensive burst, but Morrisville State, who controlled the paint throughout the quarter, carried the 28-19 lead into the locker room at the break.
The Mustangs took advantage of a poor shooting performance by the Continentals in the third quarter and built up a 20 point lead as Hamilton only earned five total points, all from the free throw line, across the 10 minute frame.
Morrisville State built up as many as a 20 point lead in the fourth, but Hamilton was able to generate some scoring and went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to just 10 with a minute remaining on the clock.
The Mustangs closed out the contest down the stretch, converting five of their game total 20 free throws down the stretch. Morrisville State finished 20-for-25 from the charity stripe, holding Hamilton to just eight total trips.
Morrisville State returns to the court Friday, traveling to Lancaster Bible College for a 5:30 p.m. tip to resume North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.