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Women's basketball loses at Hamilton, 82-62

CLINTON, N.Y. – Senior Dani Feigin scored a game-high 25 points in her final regular-season home game to lead Hamilton College women's basketball past Bates College, 82-62, on Saturday afternoon at the Scott Field House.

Holding just a five-point lead at halftime, the Continentals (10-11, 3-5 NESCAC) used a 14-1 run midway through the second half to pull away from the Bobcats (7-15, 0-8 NESCAC).

Feigin (Scarsdale, N.Y.) connected on 10-of-20 shots from the field and 5-of-8 from behind the arc in pacing the hosts. Sophomore Samantha Graber (Roseland, N.J.) posted a double-double on 16 points and 13 rebounds, sophomore Serena Ward (Fairfield, Iowa) netted 14 points, and first-year Caroline Barrett (Old Greenwich, Conn.) had 12.

For the Bobcats, senior Meredith Kelly (Cohasset, Mass.) scored a team-high 19 points to go with five rebounds and four steals. By game's end, Kelly had 474 points this season, surpassing the former team record of 466 set by Olivia Zurek '05 in 2004-05.

Sophomore Chelsea Nason (Boxford, Mass.) recorded 15 points while hitting 4-of-8 shots from distance, and first-year Allie Coppola (Tarrytown, N.Y.) corralled a team-best eight rebounds.

Neither team could gain a lead larger than two possessions in the first half as each team held no greater than a six-point advantage during the period. Bates captured a 14-11 lead just over five minutes into the contest as the Bobcats hit 4-of-5 shots from 3-point range to open the game including two from Nason.

Bates maintained a 23-18 edge after senior Julia Rafferty (Reading, Mass.) sank her second 3-pointer of the afternoon at the 12:04 mark. The Continentals pulled ahead at 27-25 before the Bobcats rattled off eight consecutive points to take a 33-27 edge with 5:52 left in the half. Still trailing 35-30, Hamilton tallied the frame's last 10 points to bring a 40-35 lead into the break.

The Bobcats cut their deficit to 44-42 just less than three minutes into the second stanza, but Hamilton answered, staking a 55-46 edge. Another 3-pointer from Nason made it 55-49, but the Continentals responded with their 14-1 run, claiming a 69-50 advantage with 6:40 to play. Bates could get no closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

Next, Bates hosts Bowdoin on Friday at 6 p.m. while Hamilton plays at Wesleyan on Friday at 6 p.m.