GLENSIDE, Pa. – With four blocks, senior forward Megan Robertson became Amherst's all-time leading shot blocker as the third-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team cruised to a decisive 74-50 non-conference road win Monday at Arcadia University.
The Jeffs improve to 10-0 following the win and drop the Knights to 6-6.
Robertson moved ahead of Lem Atanga McCormick '12 to become the Jeffs all-time leader in blocked shots with 175 for her career. She also ranks sixth in career rebounding (690) and 15th in career scoring (985) after registering eight in both categories Monday.
Hannah Peterson '17 led the team in scoring and went 4-of-8 from downtown and 6-of-12 from the floor to total a game-high 17 points. Joining her in double-digits were Jaimie Renner '17 and Ali Doswell '17 with 12 and 11, respectively. Marley Giddins '16 and Meredith Doswell '17 led the team in rebounding with 10 boards each.
Arcadia was led by Addy Crenny, who posted a double-double with 15 points and 14 rebounds. She went 6-for-15 from the floor and a perfect 3-for-3 from the charity stripe while blocking three shots and forcing two turnovers. Dominique Hassinger dished out three assists to lead the squad and Maureen Fiocca recorded a team-high four steals.
The visitor's came out hot to start the game as Renner and Peterson hit back-to-back three-pointers, respectively, within the first 40 seconds to go up by six. Shortly after, Ali Doswell got fouled on an attempted trey and hit all three from the line. Amherst then hit four more from behind-the-arc to take a 21-1 lead with 16:07 to play in the first half. The Jeffs went 6-for-9 from downtown during the impressive run.
Holding a commanding lead for the majority of the half, the home team did manage to cut the deficit to 10 with 2:23 to play before the break. Trailing by 21, a pair of free throws from Crenny jumpstarted an 11-0 Arcadia run as the Knights eventually went into halftime down, 35-24.
Much like the first half, Amherst started the second on another huge run as they scored the first 11 points to regain a 21-point lead. It was all Purple & White the rest of the way and after a Robertson lay-up at the 7:55 mark, Amherst took it's biggest lead of the game up 65-32 as it cruised to the commanding win.
As a team, the Jeffs shot 24-of-63 (38.1%) from the floor, 12-of-28 (42.9%) from downtown and 14-of-22 (63.6%) from the charity stripe, while holding Arcadia to just 17-of-71 (23.9%) field goals, 5-of-13 (38.5%) three-pointers and 11-of-14 (78.6%) free throws. Amherst also held a 56-42 advantage in the rebounding margin.
The Jeffs return to the court tomorrow, Jan. 6 and will face Farmingdale State on the road at 4 p.m.