Jeffs Hold Off No. 20 Bowdoin, 65-57

Contact: Ben Badua

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Five different Jeffs scored in double figures as the 12th-ranked Amherst women's basketball team earned a 65-57 victory over No. 20 Bowdoin at Morrell Gymnasium.

Picking up their fourth-straight win, Amherst improved to 19-2 (6-1NESCAC) on the season, while Bowdoin fell to 18-3 (5-2 NESCAC) on the year.

Marley Giddins '16 netted a team-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, while Jaimie Renner '17 turned in a solid all-around effort, finishing with 13 points, five boards and five assists. Savannah Holness '15 and Meredith Doswell '17 each chipped in with 12 points, with Holness also matching a career-high with 11 rebounds. Ali Doswell '17 was the only other Jeff in double digits tallying 11 points and eight boards.

Trailing 19-18 with just over seven minutes to go in the first, Amherst scored six unanswered to build a five-point cushion. Giddins got the run started with a layup at 6:49 before Holness converted a three-point play the old fashioned way to make it 23-19. Giddins capped off the stretch by going 1-of-2 from the charity stripe with 5:53 on the clock.

Behind 30-28 at the intermission, Shannon Brady '16 opened up the second half scoring with a layup to pull the home team even. Giddins answered with a jumper on the other end, but six-straight Bowdoin points bookended by a Megan Phelps '15 bucket gave the Polar Bears a 36-32 edge just over five minutes into the second half.

Coming right back, Amherst pieced together a 19-5 stretch over a span of 6:11. Chipping away over the first couple minutes of the run, the Jeffs tied it at 37-37 on a Giddins bucket inside of the 12-minute mark. Hannah Peterson '17 later broke the deadlock with a three-pointer before a pair of Meredith Doswell free throws increased the margin. The first-year would then drive the lane for two more before Anna Prohl '14 notched a layup of her own to keep Bowdoin within striking distance. Drawing a foul on the Purple & White's next possession, Holness knocked down a pair from the line before Meredith Doswell buried a trey at 6:35 to stake the visitors to a 51-41 edge.

Needing to get something going, the Polar Bears scored eight of the game's next 10 points, paring the deficit to four when Brady converted a three-point play at 4:23. Coming up with another big push, Renner knifed into the paint for two, sparking an 8-2 Jeff run that upped the lead to 61-51 with just 43 seconds remaining in regulation.

With Bowdoin shooting 47.8 percent (11-of-23) in the first half, including an 83.3 percent (5-of-6) clip from three, the Amherst defense stiffened over the final 20 minutes, holding the Polar Bears to just 31.3 percent shooting (10-of-32) in the second and an 0-for-7 showing from behind the arc.

Hitting six of her 16 field goal attempts, Sara Binkhorst '15 led all scorers with 19 points, while Brady added nine points and four rebounds. Kirsten Prue '14 had eight points, six rebounds and five assists, while Phelps posted eight points and five boards.

Amherst returns to action on Friday, Feb. 7 against Conn. College.