Courtesy of Trinity Sports Information
Hartford, Conn. – The nationally-ranked No. 3/8 Amherst College women's basketball team cruised to a 72-38 rout over Trinity College Saturday afternoon in NESCAC action at the Oosting Gymnasium on Ogrodnik Court.
With the win, the Jeffs improved to 17-1 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while the Bantams dropped to 6-11 on the year and 1-4 in league play.
Amherst had a well-balanced offensive attack as six players scored seven or more points. Sophomore guard Ali Doswell led the charge for the Jeffs with 12 points on 4-of-9 shooting in just 19 minutes of action, while first-year guard Hannah Hackley poured in 12 points and grabbed six rebounds off the bench. Junior Marley Giddins and first-year forward Jackie Nagle each registered eight points for Amherst.
Trinity was led offensively by junior center Mackenzie Griffin with her second consecutive double-double thanks to a game-high 15 points and 11 rebounds. Griffin did most of her damage on the afternoon from the free-throw line as she went 9-of-12 from the charity stripe. Junior guard Alexa Menard scored eight points to go along with three boards and a pair of assists, and senior swing player Taylor Higgins added eight points as well.
The story of the game was the three-point shooting and aggressive defense played by Amherst. The visitors knocked down eight shots from behind-the-arc, while Trinity hit just one of their four attempts. On the defensive end, the Jeffs caused 22 turnovers, recorded 14 steals, blocked eight shots and held the Bantams to just over 20 percent shooting from the field.
Trinity came out of the gates charging, as Menard knocked down a trey on the Bantams first possession to give them an early 3-0 edge. Over the first 10 minutes of the game, the conference foes went back and forth as a Menard jumper brought Trinity within two at 12-10 with nine and a half minutes left in the first half.
From there, Amherst stretched their lead to 23 going into the break as they went on a 24-3 run to close out the first. Over the final nine minutes of the first half, the Jeffs held the Bantams to just one field-goal and forced four Trinity turnovers.
In the second half, Amherst held off an early Trinity flurry to maintain their advantage throughout the remainder of the contest as they never looked back. The Jeffs bench outscored Trinity's, 22-2, as they cruised to the commanding 34-point win.
The Purple & White return to the court Tuesday, Jan. 27 and will head to Little Three rival Wesleyan. The game is scheduled to tip-off at 7:30 p.m. and will not count towards the NESCAC standings.