AMHERST, Mass. – The second-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team cruised in the first half of Wednesday night's non-conference game against Rhode Island College en route to a decisive 74-35 win at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Jeffs remain perfect on the season (7-0) as they won their 102nd-straight home game. With the loss, the Anchormen drop to 2-7 on the year and remain winless on the road (0-3).
Sophomore guard Ali Doswell posted a game-high 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Marley Giddins '16 and Hannah Hackley '18 joined her in double-figures with 13 and 11, respectively. Giddins was a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor and grabbed six rebounds. Hackley and Hannah Peterson '17 led the team with seven rebounds each.
Rhode Island was led by Michelle Lagrotteria with a team-high 18 points. She went 7-of-10 from the charity stripe and recorded two steals. Jessica Patalano posted four rebounds, Amber DeCristofaro grabbed three, and five others pulled in two each.
The Jeffs came out hot to start the game and jumped out to an early 14-3 lead within the first 5:31 of play, and never looked back. A lay-up by Lagrotteria at the 13:42 mark cut the deficit to single digits and a lay-up from Devin Hill on the visitor's ensuing possession put the Anchormen within six, 14-8, but a three-pointer from Hackley seconds later sparked a 15-0 Amherst run.
The Purple & White cruised to a commanding 46-14 lead at the break as Doswell posted 16 of her game-high 19 points in the first 20 minutes on 7-of-11 shooting. As a team, the Jeffs shot 18-of-36 (50.0%) from the floor, 6-of-13 (46.2%) from downtown and 4-of-5 (80.0%) from the charity stripe. Rhode Island was held to just 4-of-24 (16.7%) shooting, but went 6-of-8 (75.0%) from the line.
In the second half, the Anchormen defense stepped up and held Amherst to just 28 points while causing 18 turnovers, but the Jeffs defense was just as strong. The Purple & White allowed 21 points and held Rhode Island to 26.1% (8-22) shooting and 11.1% (1-6) from downtown.
Lagrotteria scored 12 of her 18 points in the final 20 minutes of regulation, while the Jeffs' offense featured a balanced attack with Haley Zwecker '16 leading the way with seven points in the second half. Giddins and Peterson had six each as the Jeffs cruised to the 74-35 win.
For the game, Amherst finished 29-of-56 (51.8%) from the floor, 10-of-23 (43.5%) from behind-the-arc, and 6-of-9 (66.7%) from the free throw line. Rhode Island went 12-of-46 (26.1%) on field goals, 1-of-9 (11.1%) from downtown and 10-of-14 (71.4%) from the charity stripe. The Jeffs held a commanding 44-22 rebounding edge and recorded 16 team assists to Rhode Island's four.
Amherst is off the next two weeks and returns to action Monday, Dec. 29 for the Amherst Classic. They will host Drew at 4 p.m.