NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The opening day of the 2018 Ed Hockenbury Classic started off with a Norwich victory over the University of Maine at Augusta by a 73-60 final score and finished with a 70-60 victory for Hamilton over Framingham State on Friday evening, setting up a Hamilton versus Norwich championship game for Saturday afternoon.
Norwich took on the Moose of UMaine-Augusta in game number one, taking home the 73-60 victory. Norwich stayed in control throughout the game, leading by as much as 12 points over the course of the game. The Moose made it interesting late, making a 10-1 run in the fourth quarter to help take a one-point lead with 4:20 left. Norwich responded with a 14-3 run, however, and cruised the rest of the way to victory and lock themselves into the Hockenbury Classic championship game tomorrow afternoon.
Senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) put together her best game of 2018, and one of the best in her career, to lead the way. She notched a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and two steals. Vanessa Fleury (Lebanon, N.H.) just missed a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Riley Bennett (Hopkinton, N.H.) put up 12 points, five assists, and three rebounds.
Sidney Moore led the Moose with 21 points and six rebounds, Katie Stevens pulled down eight rebounds, and Emily Billings went for 12 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.
The second game of the day was tight end-to-end, with Hamilton pulling away towards the end to pull off the victory over Framingham State. It was a one-point game late in the fourth quarter, but back-to-back threes from Halie Serbent and Carly O'Hern opened the Hamilton lead to 61-54 with barely two minutes remaining. Scout Lansing hit a pair of free throws to seal the 70-60 victory, as Hamilton advanced to the championship game.
Hamilton did an exceptional job of spreading the offensive wealth around, as four different players reached double-digit point totals. Serbent led the way with a game-high 17 on 6-10 shooting along with eight rebounds and a pair of assists. Elizabeth Arnold went 4-5 from the field and 2-2 from three to total 14 points while also collecting nine rebounds. As a team, the Continentals shot a robust 42.4% from the field on the evening.
Emily Velozo was the driving force for the Rams, with a game-high 20 points on 9-18 shooting. Tiphani Harris led everyone with 12 rebounds on the night, while Mary Kate O'Day totaled 12 points and three rebounds.
Today's results set up a 1:00 matchup between Framingham State and the University of Maine at Augusta in the third-place game, and a 3:00 PM championship tilt between Hamilton College and the Cadets of Norwich University.