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AMHERST, Mass. – Megan Robertson '15 was one point shy of tying a career-high Thursday night as the junior recorded 25 points to lead the fifth-ranked Amherst women's basketball team to a 63-52 win over Skidmore at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, the Jeffs (2-0) extended their home winning streak to 88 games, while the Thoroughbreds dropped their third straight to begin the 2013-14 season.
Both teams struggled to find the bottom of the net in the opening minutes with Skidmore getting on the board first at the 18:20 mark when Molly McLaughlin '15 completed a three-point play.
Skidmore then grabbed its largest lead of the game with just over 12 minutes to play when Amber Holgate '16 recorded a lay-up to put them up 11-4.
Trailing by six with 6:23 remaining in the first half, Marley Giddins '16 grabbed a rebound and went up with the lay-up, getting fouled in the process. The sophomore guard completed the three-point play to cut the deficit to three and followed up with another basket on the next possession as the Jeffs trailed 16-15 late in the half.
Down by four with just over two minutes to play before halftime, Haley Zwecker '16 hit a big three to change the game's momentum. The next time the Jeffs touched the ball, Giddins hit a jumper just outside the paint as Amherst grabbed its first lead of the game, up 23-22 at the 1:36 mark.
A minute later, Zwecker cut to the lane and dished it off to Giddins for an easy lay-up as the Jeffs entered the break with a 25-24 lead.
Giddins had a strong first half with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting and five rebounds to lead all players in scoring. Angela Botiba '15 was 4-for-4 from the floor to lead Skidmore at the break with 10 points.
Amherst carried the momentum into the second half and at the 15:51 mark, Cheyenne Pritchard '16 hit her first field goal of the game from downtown as the Jeffs went ahead by five.
Just minutes later, both teams displayed some nifty moves when Skidmore's Holgate cut to the hoop and laid one up with her left hand from the left box. On the opposite end, Hannah Peterson '17 grabbed the board but got trapped in the corner. With a lack of options around her, the first-year guard somehow got the ball down low to Robertson who finished with the lay-up.
Following some back-and-forth action down the stretch, Robertson hit a jumper just inside the three-point line as the Jeffs claimed a nine point lead at the 5:24 mark. Seconds later, Pritchard connected on another deep one from behind-the-arc to put Amherst up by 12.
Despite heavy pressure from the Thoroughbred defense, Amherst maintained a double-digit lead the remainder of the game as they pulled away, 63-52.
Giddins finished with a double-double, scoring 15 points and grabbing a game-high 11 boards. Robertson was one rebound shy of another Jeff double-double, finishing with 25 points and nine boards on 10-of-17 shooting. Jaime Renner '17 dished out a game-high four assists and the Jeffs defense stepped up once again, causing 21 turnovers.
Three Thoroughbreds scored double-digit points with Botiba leading the way, scoring 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting from the floor and 7-of-10 from the line. Jordyn Wartts '14 posted 14 points and McLaughlin joined them in double-figures with 10.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 23 for a 6 p.m. contest against RPI.