Courtesy of Eastern Connecticut Sports Information
WILLIMANTIC, Conn. - Megan Robertson '15 and Hannah Peterson '17 rallied a 6-0 Jeff run in the final minutes as the Amherst women's basketball team pulled away with a 58-44 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University in a non-conference game Thursday night at Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium.
No. 4 Amherst (6-0) never trailed after the opening bucket but Eastern (4-3) whittled an 18-point first-half deficit to six early in the second half and only trailed by eight before Robertson hit a free throw, then grabbed an offensive rebound and swished a jumper to make it 51-40 with just over five minutes left. Robertson then rebounded an Eastern miss and Amherst grabbed consecutive offensive rebounds on the other end, one by Robertson, to set up Peterson's three-point field goal that pushed the Amherst lead to 14, 54-40, with four minutes left.
The Warriors converted half of their first eight field goal attempts to keep pace through the first seven minutes, but then missed nine of their next ten shots, two free throws, and committed two turnovers on their next 13 possessions as the visitors rode to their largest lead, 28-10, with six minutes left in the half.
While Eastern went cold, Amherst put together its 13-2 run over eight minutes that expanded its seven-point lead to 18. All six of the team's field goals in that stretch came in the paint, four of them on drives by first-year guard Jaimie Renner and two by Robertson.
Robertson and Renner combined for 37 of their team's points. Robertson finished with game-highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds with two blocked shots and did not commit a turnover in 38 minutes before fouling out with 1:54 left. She moved into 10th all-time in program history with 595 career rebounds. Renner tied a career-high with 18 points (5-of-8 from the floor, 8-of-9 from the foul line).
Eastern junior guard Danyelle Rodriguez led the Warriors with a season-high 14 points off the bench but was the team's only double-figure scorer. She was 6-for-8 from the floor and connected on two of the team's three three-pointers (on 12 attempts).
The Jeffs return to action on Monday, Dec. 9 for a 7 p.m. non-conference road game against Albertus Magnus.