MEDFORD, Mass. – The No. 3/3 Amherst College women's basketball team saw its 14-game winning streak come to an end Friday night as it fell to No. 7/9 Tufts University on the road, 65-42.
The Jeffs are now 14-1 overall on the year and 2-1 in the NESCAC following the loss, as the Jumbos improved to 13-1 and 2-0 in league play.
Megan Robertson '15 led the team with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocks. She moved into fourth all-time on the Jeffs career rebounding list, ahead of Hali Hammer '86, and now has 722 for her career. Ali Doswell '17 added nine points and Hannah Hackley '18 scored eight on 3-of-4 shooting including 2-of-3 from downtown. Doswell also led the team with four assists.
The Jumbos were led by Hayley Kanner with a game-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting, while also knocking down both three-point attempts. She also grabbed seven boards and blocked two shots. Melissa Baptista was a perfect 5-for-5 from the floor for 14 points, while Michela North added nine points with a team-high eight rebounds and Lauren Dillon dished out a game-high 10 assists.
The home team came out hot to start the game as they opened up on a 4-0 run after causing creating turnovers on Amherst's first two possessions. However, back-to-back three-pointers from Hannah Peterson '17 and Doswell sparked a 12-0 run as the Jeffs took an eight-point lead at the 15:56 mark.
Amherst held a lead for the majority of the first half, but were unable to score in the final four minutes of the first half. Trailing by one, 25-24, Tufts scored eight unanswered as they took a 32-25 lead at the break.
The Jumbos continued their run to start the second half and jumped out to a 13-point lead within the first three minutes of play. A lay-up by Robertson at the 16:58 mark snapped a seven minute scoreless streak that started in the first half, but the Jeffs were unable to cut the deficit to single digits the rest of the way as Tufts cruised to the decisive win.
Amherst shot 14-of-40 (35.0%) from the floor, 5-of-15 (33.3%) from downtown and 9-of-15 (60.0%) from the charity stripe. The Jumbos went 25-of-58 (43.1%) from the floor, 5-of-8 (62.5%) from behind-the-arc and 10-of-15 (66.7%) from the line. The home team held a 33-30 rebounding edge and forced 21 turnovers.
The Jeffs return to the court Saturday, Jan. 17 for a 3 p.m. road game at Bates.