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ONEONTA, N.Y. - Five different Jeffs scored in double figures as the 11th-ranked Amherst women's basketball team cruised to an 82-61 NCAA second round victory over Hartwick College at Lambros Arena.
With the win, Amherst improved to 26-3 on the year and punched its ticket to a seventh-consecutive NCAA Sweet 16. The host Hawks closed out their 2013-14 campaign with a 22-6 record.
Going 5-of-9 from long distance, Ali Doswell '17 led the Jeffs with 15 points, while also adding five rebounds, four assists and three steals. Twin sister Meredith Doswell '17 finished with 14 points and five boards, while Marley Giddens '16 posted her team-high seventh double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Savannah Holness '15 added 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting, while Jaimie Renner '17 chipped in with 11 points and four assists.
Jumping out to an early lead, Amherst went up 8-4 with a Giddins layup at 16:22. Responding with five unanswered, Hartwick regained the lead just over three minutes later on a Brittney Dumas '16 putback. Renner drove the lane for two on the other end to kick-start an 8-0 run over a span of just 1:03.
Battling back, the Hawks held the visitors without a point for the next two minutes, once again pulling even on a Maria Foglia '14 layup midway through the period. Still tied with just over two minutes to go before the half, Amherst scored the frame's final 11 points, building a 40-29 edge at the intermission.
Carrying their momentum into the second, the Jeffs mounted a 20-7 run over the first 5:04 of the stanza. Renner got Amherst going with a triple on the team's first possession of the half as Ali Doswell contributed nine points during the stretch on three treys. Down by as much at 26 with 10:01 remaining in regulation, Hartwick got as close as 69-52 with just under five minutes to play, but the Jeffs closed out the game on a 13-9 spurt to seal the victory.
Dumas led all scorers with 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while Foglia added 13 points and six rebounds. Lee Arduini '14 was the only other Hawk in double digits with 11. As a team, Hartwick shot just 33.9 percent (19-of-56) from the floor and 35.3 percent (6-of-17) from behind the arc.
Knocking down 14 triples, Amherst shot 53.8 percent (28-of-52) from the field. Winning the rebounding battle (37-32), the Jeffs also made the most of Hartwick miscues, scoring 22 points off of 13 turnovers.