AMHERST, Mass. – Three players scored in double-figures for the No. 10/12 Amherst College women's basketball team as the Jeffs cruised to a commanding 65-35 win over NESCAC rival Connecticut College Friday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
After a seven-game road stretch, the Purple & White returned to the valley for the first time since Jan. 10 as they increased their consecutive home winning streak to 107 games and their record to 19-2, 6-2 NESCAC. The Camels have now lost eight straight to Amherst as they fall to 14-7 overall and 4-3 in conference play.
Ali Doswell '17 hit four three-pointers to lead the Jeffs in scoring with 14 points. She also grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, tied with Hannah Hackley '18, and dished out three assists. Joining her in double-figure scoring was Marley Giddins '16 and Meredith Doswell '17 with 12 each, and eight and seven rebounds, respectively. Meredith Doswell also recorded a team-high four assists. Megan Robertson '15 finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting and blocked five shots to tie a season-high.
Liz Malman scored a game-high 15 points and was the only Connecticut College player to score in double-figures. Mairead Hynes, the Camels top scorer, was limited to two points but grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, and Carlee Smith added seven points while dishing out a team-high three assists.
In a turnover-filled first half, both teams struggled to score early on. The Jeffs went up 4-0 to open the game but five consecutive points from the Camels gave the visitor's their only lead at the 15:52 mark. Amherst responded with a 6-0 run over the next three minutes as a lay-up by Renner put the Jeffs up, 10-5.
At the 9:18 mark, a lay-up by Giddins jumpstarted a 9-0 run as Ali Doswell hit a three-pointer with 4:58 to play in the first half to give the home team its first double-digit lead up 11. Amherst outscored the Camels 20-5 down the stretch and took a 30-13 lead into the break.
The second half was all Amherst as a three-pointer by Meredith Doswell capped off a 5-0 run to give the Jeffs a 20-point advantage with 13:35 to play in regulation. Malman carried the Camels in the closing minutes of the game but the deficit was too large to overcome as the Purple & White pulled away with the 65-35 win.
As a team, Amherst shot 40.3% (27-67) from the floor, 35.5% (11-31) from downtown and went to the line just twice, missing both attempts. The Jeffs' stifling defense held Connecticut College to 25.0% (13-52) shooting from the floor, 27.3% (3-11) from beyond the arc and 40.0% (6-15) from the charity stripe. The Purple & White held a 50-36 edge in rebounding and 18-6 advantage in assists.
Amherst returns to the court tomorrow, Feb. 7 and will host Wesleyan at 3 p.m.