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HARTFORD, Conn. - Ali Doswell '17 poured in a career-high 22 points to help lead the Amherst women's basketball team to a 78-67 victory over NESCAC rival Trinity.
Extending their win streak over the Bantams to nine games, the Jeffs improved to 16-2 (4-1 NESCAC) on the season.
Going 6-of-13 from the floor, Doswell connected on 5-of-9 three pointers, while also pulling down eight rebounds and blocking a personal-best three shots. Savannah Holness '15 had 16 points and six boards, while Cheyenne Pritchard '16 and Jaimie Renner '17 chipped in with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
Jumping out to an early lead, Trinity went up 9-4 on a Taylor Murtaugh '14 three-point play at 15:42. The Jeffs responded with a 6-1 spurt, tying the game on a Hannah Peterson '17 triple with just over 14 minutes to go in the first.
Down 18-17 midway through the period, Amherst scored seven unanswered. Holness got things started by converting a pair from the charity stripe before knocking down a jumper that made it 21-18. Peterson capped off the run with a trey that stretched the margin to six. Battling back, Mackenzie Griffin '16 netted four of the game's next six points as Trinity pulled even at 24-24.
Closing out strong, the Jeffs finished the final 2:24 of the frame on an 11-2 run. After Doswell found the range from long distance to put Amherst back in front 31-28, Griffin helped keep the home team within one thanks to a pair of free throws. Renner quickly responded with a three-point play before another Doswell triple pushed the margin to seven. Pritchard capped off the stretch with a pair from the line with 34 seconds on the clock.
Cutting into the deficit, Griffin and Murtaugh opened up the second half scoring with a pair of baskets. Holness recorded the Jeffs' first points of the period with a three-point play, sparking a 13-3 run over a span of 3:31 that helped the lead balloon to 15 following a Pritchard three-pointer. Staying within striking distance, Trinity netted the game's next seven points, trimming the margin to eight on a Hannah Brickley '14 free throw.
Still trailing by eight with under five minutes remaining in regulation, Murtaugh hit a jumper to pull the Bantams within six at 62-56. Doswell came right back however, burying her fifth three of the afternoon to give the Jeffs some extra breathing room. Holding onto a 68-62 lead with just over a minute to play, Renner knifed into the lane for two as Amherst went 4-of-6 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.
Winning the battle on the boards, Trinity held a 46-38 rebounding edge, while outscoring the Jeffs 21-8 in second chance points and 32-22 in the paint. Despite the disparity inside, Amherst's defense held steady, limiting the Bantams to just 33.8 percent shooting (23-of-68), while connecting on 40.4 percent (21-of-52) of its field goal attempts.
Brickley led Trinity with 22 points and nine rebounds on 9-of-18 shooting, while Murtaugh had 19 points and four boards. Going 7-of-8 from the free throw line, Griffin posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Jeffs return to action on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Little Three rival Wesleyan.