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WATERVILLE, Maine - Behind a solid all-around effort from first-year Ali Doswell, the 12th-ranked Amherst women's basketball team cruised to a decisive 67-44 victory over NESCAC rival Colby College.
Picking up their 13th-straight win over the Mules dating back to the 2003-04 season, the Jeffs improved to 18-2 (5-1 NESCAC) on the season, while Colby dropped to 6-13 (0-5 NESCAC) on the year.
Leading all scorers with 17 points, Ali Doswell knocked down six of her 15 field goal attempts. Also pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds, she matched a personal-best with six assists. Twin sister Meredith Doswell '17 also tied a career-high with eight boards, while chipping in with 13 points. Jaimie Renner '17 was the only other Jeff in double figures, finishing with 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting and a perfect 6-of-6 showing from the free throw line.
Getting the Jeffs off to a fast start, Renner scored the game's first six points. Desi Smith '16 got the Mules on the board with an old-fashioned three-point play at the 17:15 mark of the first half before Jen Nale '14 found the range from long distance to pull the Mules even.
Holding onto a 13-11 lead with just over eight minutes left in the period, Cheyenne Pritchard '16 buried a triple to put the Jeffs up five. Mia Diplock '16 responded with a jumper on the other end, but Amherst came right back with 15-unanswered over a span of 5:17.
After converting one of two from the charity stripe at 7:18, Hannah Peterson'17 and Ali Doswell connected on consecutive treys. Ali Doswell then drilled another three before Meredith Doswell knifed into the lane for two. Ali Doswell capped off the run with her fourth triple of the frame to give the visitors a 31-13 edge.
Up 14 at the intermission, the Purple & White opened the second half on a 7-1 run to build a 40-20 cushion. Colby converted four-straight from the free throw line to pare the margin down to 16, but an Ali Doswell layup at 14:28 sparked a 9-2 Jeff spurt that made it 49-26. Seven-straight Mule points bookended by a Diplock jumper pulled Colby back within 16, but Meredith Doswell had the game's next five to extend the lead to 21 with less than nine minutes remaining in regulation.
Shooting just 21.8 percent (12-of-55) from the floor and 23.8 percent (5-of-21) from three-point range, the Mules turned the ball over 14 times, leading to 12 Amherst points. Holding a 47-37 rebounding advantage, the Jeffs outscored Colby 20-6 in the paint and 12-2 in second chance points.
The Purple & White reserves also held the upperhand over their Mule counterparts, wrapping up the game with a 21-10 scoring edge. Carylanne Wolfington '16 was the only Colby player to reach double digits with 12 points, while Smith netted seven points to go along with five boards.
Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 at No. 20 Bowdoin.