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LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Four Jeffs scored in double figures to lead the third-ranked Amherst women's basketball team to a decisive 73-49 victory over Marywood University at the Las Vegas Hoopla.
With the win, the Jeffs remained unbeaten, improving to 10-0 on the season, while the Pacers fell to 7-2 on the year.
Amherst's Ali Doswell '17 posted career-highs in points, rebounds and steals, with 16, eight and three, respectively, while Marley Giddins '16 added 11 points and nine boards. Cheyenne Pritchard '16 and Savannah Holness '15 each had 10 points, with the duo also combining for 11 rebounds.
Held to just 26.8 percent (15-of-56) shooting, including a 14.3 percent (3-of-21) clip in the first half, Marywood managed just 15 points over the first 20 minutes. Maddie Lavery '15 and Danielle Terranella '16 each finished with a team-high with eight points, while Alexa Gerchman '16 had seven. Brittany Mang '14 and Carly Leitzel '14 chipped in with six points apiece, combining for 15 rebounds.
Jumping out to an early lead, Amherst netted 11 of the game's first 13 points, going up nine on a Hannah Peterson '17 triple at 16:49. Settling in, the Pacers battled back and pulled within seven on a Terranella layup inside of the 10-minute mark.
Amherst responded with a 12-2 run over the next 3:48. Giddins got things started with a layup before a Doswell three-pointer stretched the margin to 22-10. Giddins then drove into the lane for two more before a pair of Terranella free throws momentarily stemmed the tide. Doswell connected down low on the Jeffs' next possession before draining a trey at 5:27 that made it 29-12.
With Megan Robertson '15 closing out the first period with four-straight points, Doswell opened the second half scoring with a jumper at 17:44. A couple of Mang free throws coupled with a Lavery bucket trimmed the Marywood deficit to 38-19, but Doswell came right back down and hit another from long distance to push the lead back up to 22.
Up 21 with just under 14 minutes remaining in regulation, Amherst pieced together an 11-0 run to take its largest lead of the game. Holness kicked off the stretch with a layup before a Haley Zwecker '16 three and Giddins basket made it 51-23. Pritchard then hit a pair from the charity stripe before later capping off the stretch with a bucket at 12:08 to give the Purple & White a 32-point edge.
Dominating down low, Amherst finished with a 54-43 rebounding advantage, while outscoring Marywood 28-16 in points in the paint and 14-0 in second chance points. Making good on 26 Pacer miscues, the Jeffs also held the upper hand in points off turnovers, 24-13.
Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at Rhode Island College.