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AMHERST, Mass. – Behind a strong second half performance, the second-seeded Amherst College women's basketball team cruised to a 78-33 win over seventh-seeded Hamilton College in NESCAC Quarterfinal action at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improved to 23-2 overall on the season and extended its home winning streak to 98 games. They advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals and will face Bowdoin on Saturday, March 1 at 4 p.m. Falling to 0-4 against the Jeffs since joining the NESCAC in 2011-12, Hamilton dropped to 11-13 on the season.
The Jeffs potent defense held Hamilton to 11-for-48 (22.9%) shooting and 2-for-16 (12.5%) from three-point range while Amherst connected on 28-of-49 (57.1%) shots and went 15-for-24 (62.5%) from downtown. The 15 three-pointers were the most by Amherst this season.
Four different Jeffs scored in double figures. Leading the way was Ali Doswell '17 with 15 points, going 5-of-8 from downtown, and Hannah Peterson '17 with 14 on 5-for-6 shooting from the floor and 4-of-5 from behind-the-arc. Jaime Renner '17 and Meredith Doswell '17 tallied 13 and 12, respectively. Hamilton was led by Dani Feigin '14 with nine points and Olivia Primm '14 pulled in a game-high eight rebounds.
The Continentals jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening minutes and remained ahead until the 13:36 mark when Ali Doswell connected on one from downtown, tying the game at 6-6. Despite the slow start for the Jeffs, the home team took its first lead of the game on the next possession when Hannah Peterson '17 connected on another three-pointer.
Taking the lead at 13:07 of the first, Amherst never looked back. Following a lay-up from Meredith Doswell roughly four minutes later, the Jeffs claimed a double-digit lead, up 18-8. Hamilton cut the deficit to five shortly after with consecutive jumpers from Pimm and Kate Bushell '17.
Amherst pulled away in the closing minutes of the half. After a jumper from Meredith Doswell put the Jeffs up 11, Ali Doswell hit consecutive three-pointers including one with five seconds on the clock as Amherst ended the half on an 11-0 run to take a 32-15 lead at the break.
The Jeffs opened the second half the way the first ended, jumping out to a 7-0 run in the first 1:17. They held the Continentals scoreless for six consecutive minutes midway through the half as they cruised to the decisive victory, outscoring its NESCAC foe 46-18 in the final 20 minutes of regulation.