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AMHERST, Mass. - Overcoming a slow start, the 11th-ranked Amherst women's basketball team extended its home win streak to 95 games with a 77-58 victory over NESCAC rival Connecticut College.
Trailing by as much as 10 midway through the first half, the Jeffs turned a three-point deficit at the intermission into a 19-point win. Having now picked up seven-straight victories against the Camels, the Jeffs improved to 20-2 (7-1 NESCAC) on the season, while Conn. College fell to 12-9 (4-3 NESCAC) on the year.
Going a perfect 10-of-10 from the floor, Marley Giddins '16 was one point shy of matching a personal-best, finishing with a game-high 22 points to go along with eight rebounds. Hitting 11 of her 12 free throws, Ali Doswell '17 had 19 points and nine boards, while Hannah Peterson '17 and Jaimie Renner '17 each scored nine.
Off to a fast start, Conn. College opened the game on a 9-0 run with Tara Gabelman '14 and Liz Malman '17 accounting for all of the Camels' points. Knifing into the lane, Renner finally put the Jeffs on the board with a layup at 14:21. Forcing a turnover on the other end, Amherst came right back down with a Peterson three-pointer to cut the deficit to 9-5.
Rebuilding their cushion, the visitors responded with an 11-5 run. Malman got the stretch started with a jumper at 13:26 before Aly Boyle '14 capped off the spurt with a triple that made it 20-10. Battling back, the Jeffs pieced together a 13-2 run over a span of 5:03. Renner was once again the catalyst to the Amherst comeback, driving the lane for the bucket inside of the 10-minute mark. Later pulling within five on a Meredith Doswell '17 trey, Giddins scored eight of the game's next 10 points, giving the home team its first lead of the game at 23-22 with 4:39 to go in the half.
Trailing 41-38 five minutes into the second, Amherst scored 11-unanswered. Ali Doswell got things going with a free-throw, before Giddins faked a hand-off along the left baseline before spinning, drawing a foul and converting a three-point play the old-fashioned way. Ali Doswell then drained a three before Giddins once again connected down low to put Amherst up six. Ali Doswell capped off the run by knocking down a pair from the line to make it 49-41.
Snapping a three-plus minute Conn. College scoring drought, Carlee Smith '15 knocked down a jumper with 12:29 remaining in regulation. Going right back to the free throw line on Amherst's next possession, Ali Doswell hit a pair, sparking a 12-1 spurt. Giddins and Ali Doswell each had four points during the decisive stretch that was capped off by a Peterson trey at 8:18, staking the Jeffs to a comfortable 63-44 edge.
Outrebounding the Camels, 36-21, the Jeffs held a 22-2 advantage in second chance points. With 10 different players getting on the board, the Amherst bench also held its own, doubling up the Conn. College reserves' point total, 34-16. Gabelman paced the visitors with 18 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-12 shooting, while Malman was the only other Camel in double figures with 11.
The Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Feb. 8 against Wesleyan University.