Courtesy of Rhode Island College Sports Information
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Megan Robertson '15 and Jaimie Renner '17 scored 25 points apiece to lead the third-ranked Amherst women's basketball team to a 74-63 win over Rhode Island College on Tuesday night at the Murray Center.
The Jeffs took their first lead of the game with 4:06 remaining in the first half and never looked back, earning their 11th straight win to improve to 11-0 on the season. Rhode Island drops to 6-5 overall after the loss.
The Anchorwomen surged ahead of the Jeffs early in the first half behind a 13-5 scoring run through the first 8:15 of action. However, Amherst rallied for a 26-12 scoring burst to close out the half, spearheaded by 11 points from Robertson, to send the visitors into the intermission with a 29-25 lead.
After the two squads exchanged baskets in the opening minutes of the second half, guards Danielle LeBlanc '16 and Alex Moore '17 buried back-to-back baskets to knot the game, 31-31, with 18:01 remaining in the game. Yet, the Jeffs responded with nine unanswered points, capped off by a pair of buckets from Robertson, to give the visitors a 40-31 lead with 14:59 left to play.
RIC bounced back with five straight points from Vandell Andrade '16 and a pair of free throws from Cara Paladino '14 to cut the deficit to four and make it, 42-38, with 13:31 on the clock. However, Amherst answered back with a 14-4 run of its own to jump ahead by 14 with 7:38 left to play en route to the 11-point victory.
Robertson was one point shy of tying a career-high as she went 11-for-19 from the floor. The junior forward grabbed eight boards as well and blocked three shots. Renner's 25 points were a season-high as the first-year guard went to the charity stripe 16 times, connecting on 13 of those attempts. She was also 5-for-7 from the field and 2-for-2 from downtown while dishing out a season-high eight assists. Joining them in double-digit points was Cheyenne Pritchard '16 who finished with 10. She also added a career-high eight assists and pulled in seven rebounds.
Three players scored in double-figures for Rhode Island. Leading the way was Stephanie Prusko '14 with 17 while Andrade added 16 and Paladino notched 11. Andrade and Paladino posted double-doubles with 10 and 16 rebounds, respectively.
The Jeffs return to the court on Friday, Jan. 10 to host Hamilton in their NESCAC opener. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.