NORTHFIELD, Vt. - The Hamilton College Continentals took home the 2018 Ed Hockenbury Classic Championship on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Cadets of Norwich University by a 62-43 final score.
The day started with the third place game between Framingham State and the University of Maine at Augusta, with the Rams of Framingham State pulling off the 78-43 victory. The Rams controlled the action throughout the game, as they never trailed end-to-end.
Abbey Battaini led the way for the Rams with 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Mary Kate O'Day put up 12 points and seven rebounds, as the Rams shot an even 50.0% from the field in the first half to set up an easy path to victory in the second half.
The Moose were led by Caitlin LaFountain who put up a game-high 20 points along with 11 rebounds, as she was the only Moose with double-digit points on the day.
Norwich took on Hamilton College in the championship game immediately after, but couldn't stop the potent Continentals offense and fell by a 62-43 final score.
Hamilton came out on fire, starting the game off with a massive 25-8 run to take a commanding lead immediately. Norwich managed to outscore the Continentals in the second quarter, but still entered halftime trailing 35-19. The second half was much of the same, as the Cadets could not find a way to close the gap and fell by the 62-43 final.
Freshman Mary Casamassa (Wexford, Pa.) led Norwich with 16 points on 7-18 shooting, while senior Emily Oliver (Sagamore Hills, Ohio) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. Classmate Vanessa Fleury (Lebanon, N.H.) filled the stat sheet with six points, seven rebounds, three assists, and a steal, but Norwich shot just 27.1% from the field and 11.1% from behind the three-point line.
Carly O'Hern was the driving force for Hamilton, as she put up 14 points in the first quarter alone on her way to a game-high 21 points, along with eight rebounds. Halie Serbent put up solid numbers with seven points, four rebounds, and three assists, and Mia Caterisano added nine points and five rebounds off the bench.
Following the championship game, the All-Tournament Team was announced;
Sidney Moore - University of Maine at Augusta
Emily Velozo - Framingham State
Emily Oliver - Norwich University
Halie Serbent - Hamilton College
Carly O'Hern - Most Outstanding Player - Hamilton College
With their performance this weekend, Norwich's overall record sits at 2-5 so far in 2018-19. They'll enjoy a three-game homestand to close out the first semester, starting with a date against Northern Vermont University-Lyndon on Tuesday, December 4th at 7:00 PM in Andrews Hall.