Jeffs Cruise in Regular Season Finale, Defeat Wesleyan, 83-53

Jeffs Cruise in Regular Season Finale, Defeat Wesleyan, 83-53

Courtesy of Wesleyan Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, Conn.  – The No. 9/12 Amherst College women's basketball team wrapped up its 2014-15 regular season with a decisive 83-53 non-conference win over Wesleyan University Tuesday night.

The win marked the Jeffs' 17th straight over the Cardinals as they secured the Little Three title this season with a 4-0 record against Wesleyan and Williams. Overall, Amherst is now 22-2 on the year and remain 8-2 in league play as it enters the NESCAC Championship. The Cardinals did not qualify for the conference tournament and finish the season with a 9-14 mark and 2-8 NESCAC record.

The Jeffs pulled away from an early five-point lead (13-8) with a 13-4 burst to put the game away at 26-12 with 7:10 left in the first half. Amherst extended the difference to 15 at halftime, 39-24, then scored the opening 11 points of the second period for a resounding 50-24 advantage. Meredith Doswell '17 had six of her eight points in the game during the first three minutes of the second half to trigger the run. The Cardinals got no closer than 24 the rest of the way as the margin peaked at 39, 67-28 with 8:55 remaining, before settling in for the final 30-point differential.

Leading the Purple & White on the evening was senior Megan Robertson, who had 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half while shooting a blistering 9-for-11 on the night. She moved into the top-10 in the Amherst record books in scoring and now ranks ninth all-time with 1,119 for her career. Three other Jeffs reached 10 points or more as Cheyenne Pritchard '16 picked up 13 while Hannah Hackley '18 and Jackie Nagle '18 chipped in with 10 apiece. Ali Doswell '17 paced Amherst in both rebounds with seven and assists with five.

Wesleyan got a season-high 19 points from Dreisen Heath while Brenna Diggins added 10 points. Jess Cherenz led the Cardinals on the glass with five boards.

Amherst returns to action Saturday, Feb. 21 and will host sixth-seeded Colby in NESCAC Quarterfinal action at 3 p.m. The Jeffs earned the No. 3 seed in the tournament.