No. 3 Amherst Pulls Ahead in Second Half to Defeat No. 10 Williams, 78-62

Contact: Mike O'Brien

AMHERST, Mass. – Cheyenne Pritchard '16 scored 17 of her career-high 19 points in the second half to lead the No. 3 Amherst women's basketball team to a 78-62 win over archrival and No. 10 Williams on Saturday at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Jeffs extended their home winning streak to 94 games and are now 13-0 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC. Williams dropped their second-straight game and are 12-2 on the year and 0-2 in league play.

Four Jeffs scored double-digits with Pritchard leading the way. She scored 19 points, going 5-for-8 from behind-the-arc and a perfect 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Megan Robertson '15 and Ali Doswell '17 scored 17 apiece and both went 6-for-11 from the field while Marley Giddins '16 added 13. Robertson also pulled in a game-high nine boards and Pritchard grabbed seven. Doswell led the team with a season-high six assists and her 17 points were also a season-high.

Ellen Cook '15 scored a game-high 24 points for the Ephs on 7-of-13 shooting and 9-of-11 from the line. Joining her in double-figures were Kellie Macdonald '15 and Oge Uwanaka '16 with 14 and 13, respectively. Jane Thompson '16 dished out a team-high four assists for Williams and added six points and Macdonald pulled in a team-high seven rebounds.

Amherst shot 42.1% (8-for-19) from three-point range and 88% (22-for-25) from the line while Williams finished 33.3% (2-for-6) from downtown and 76.2% (16-for-21) from the charity stripe.
 
Jumping out to an early lead, Williams went up four on a Macdonald jumper at 15:29. Amherst responded with five unanswered, taking their first lead of the game thanks to a Robertson bucket and a Doswell three-pointer.

Trailing 11-8 after a Macdonald trey, the Jeffs pieced together a 10-0 run over the next four minutes to build a seven-point cushion. Robertson got the stretch started with a layup before Doswell once again found the range from long distance to make it 13-11. The next time down the floor, Doswell drained another triple pushing the margin to five before Giddins ducked into the lane for two to cap the streak.

Down 28-19 with 3:29 left in the first after a pair of Pritchard free throws, Williams scored the game's next six points, pulling back within three with less than a minute to go. Drawing a foul, Robertson knocked down two from the line to close out the scoring, giving Amherst a 30-25 lead at the intermission.

Pritchard came out hot to start the second half and hit one from downtown within the first 12 seconds to increase their lead to eight. Both teams exchanged baskets for the majority of the next six minutes until Amherst grabbed a double-digit lead with 13:07 remaining following a jumper from Robertson.

Shortly after, the Jeffs held a 12-point lead but a 7-0 run sparked by a Katie Leinbach '17 lay-up cut the deficit to five with just over 11 minutes to play in regulation. The game remained a single-digit contest for several minutes until Pritchard hit another from downtown to put Amherst back up by 10 as they never looked back, maintaining a double-digit lead en route to the 78-62 win.

The Jeffs are back in action on Monday, Jan. 13 for a non-conference road game against Farmingdale State. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m.