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LEWISTON, Maine - First-year Hannah Peterson erupted for a career-high 30 points to power the third-ranked Amherst women's basketball team to a decisive 88-54 victory over Bates College at Alumni Gymnasium.
Rebounding from Friday night's loss to sixth-ranked Tufts, Amherst improved to 15-1 (3-1 NESCAC) on the season, having now won eight-straight against its northern rival dating back to the 2006-07 campaign.
Hitting 6-of-11 threes, Peterson was an efficient 12-for-18 from the floor. Ali Doswell '17 netted 16 points, while pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds. Twin sister Meredith Doswell '17 and Marley Giddins '16 chipped in with 10 points apiece, with Giddins also matching her personal best with 12 boards. Savannah Holness '15 was the only other Jeff in double digits with 11 points and eight rebounds.
Connecting on a pair of Peterson and Cheyenne Pritchard '16 three pointers, Amherst took an early 6-0 lead. Chelsea Nason '16 scored Bates' first points with a layup at 17:21 before a Meredith Kelly '14 three-point play trimmed the deficit to one.
With the Jeffs up 9-7, Holness recorded an old-fashioned three-point play of her own to stretch the lead to five. Pritchard then hit a layup before Holness capped off the quick spurt with a bucket that put Amherst up 16-7. Still ahead by nine midway through the first half, the Jeffs outscored the Bobcats 24-11 over the final 10:06 of the period to blow the game open.
Pritchard got things started by hitting 3-of-4 from the charity stripe. An Ali Doswell trey made it 28-13 before Meredith Doswell converted a layup that put Amherst on top by 17. Peterson continued a stellar first half with another basket on the Jeffs' next possession before a Nason triple at 5:54 ended a six-plus minute Bates field goal drought.
Peterson answered with a three on the other end before a Giddins layup gave the visitors a 21-point advantage. With Amherst up 19 after an Allaina Murphy '15 jumper at the 1:39 mark, Peterson netted five of the frame's final seven points to stake the Purple & White to a 46-24 lead at the intermission.
Carrying their momentum into the second, Ali Doswell opened up the scoring with a three pointer at 19:13. Already holding onto a 23-point margin, Peterson later sunk another from behind the arc before an Ali Doswell basket padded the cushion. Kelly accounted for the game's next six points to bring Bates within 22 at 62-40.
With less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation, a Bernadette Connors '17 triple pulled the Bobcats within 19, but that was as close as the home team would get as Amherst responded with 12 unanswered points to make it 78-47 with 7:04 to play. Kelly led Bates with 19 points, while Murphy added 12 points and five rebounds.
Winning the battle on the boards, the Jeffs held a considerable 57-34 rebounding edge, outscoring Bates 22-3 in second chance points. Also holding a 44-28 advantage in points in the paint, Amherst's bench combined for 20 points to just seven for the Bobcat reserves.
The Jeffs return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at archrival Williams.