Renner, Robertson Lead Jeffs Past Ithaca, 66-44

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - Jaimie Renner '17 scored a game-high 18 points and Megan Robertson '15 posted a double-double to lead the fifth-ranked women's basketball team to a 66-44 victory over Ithaca College in the championship game of the 2013 Amherst Tip-Off Tournament.

Netting a season-high 18 points, Renner connected on 6-of-10 field goals, while pulling down seven rebounds en route to All-Tournament honors. Hitting 6-of-9 shots, Robertson finished with 14 points, 10 boards and three blocks. Averaging 11 points and six rebounds while shooting 60.0 percent from the floor in a pair of Amherst wins, Robertson was named the Tournament MVP.

Marley Giddins '16 added 10 points and five rebounds, while Meredith Doswell '17 had nine points and eight boards. As a team, the Jeffs shot 45.8 percent (22-for-48) from the floor, while holding Ithaca to 35.3 percent (18-for-51) from the field and 25.0 percent (2-for-8) from behind the arc.

Connecting on eight of its first 11 shots, Amherst jumped out to a 19-11 lead in the first 10 minutes of action. Robertson helped get the Purple & White started, netting the home team's first six points. Also contributing early, Cheyenne Pritchard '16 drained a triple that kick-started an 11-2 Jeff run.

Ahead 20-11 with 9:33 to play in the first half, Amherst reeled off another spurt, outscoring Ithaca 10-0 over span of 3:06. Giddins got things started with a layup before back-to-back Renner and Meredith Doswell three-pointers made it 28-11. Twin sister Ali Doswell '17 capped off the run with a jumper at 6:47.

Up by 16 at the intermission, Amherst netted the first four points of the second on a pair of Robertson and Meredith Doswell buckets. Trailing 47-27 with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, Ithaca pieced together a 9-2 run. Mary Kate Tierney '14 got the rally started with a layup, before a Geena Brady '15 jumper and Ally Mnich '15 bucket trimmed the deficit to 16. A Jenn Escobido '14 free throw kept the Bombers run going before another Mnich basket pulled the visitors within 13.

Amherst responded with an 11-4 run over the next 2:54 to put the game away. Renner and Pritchard combined for the first five points of the stretch, before a Robertson layup and a Giddins jumper padded the cushion, giving the Jeffs a 60-39 advantage at the 2:07 mark.

Kathryn Campbell '14 led Ithaca with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, while Escobido had seven points and four rebounds. Mnich also finished with seven points, converting 3-of-5 field goal attempts.

Amherst, which finished with a 35-30 rebounding edge and 30-22 advantage in points in the paint, returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 3 against Emmanuel.