MONTCLAIR, N.J. – The 12th-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team is scheduled to face 11th-ranked Salisbury University in the "Sweet 16" Friday, March 13 in the Panzer Athletic Center on the campus of Montclair State University.
SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL & FINAL SCHEDULE
Friday, March 13 – Sectional Semifinal
No. 11 Salisbury University vs. No. 12 Amherst College – 5 p.m.
No. 7 Montclair State University vs. No. 16 Bowdoin College – 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 14 – Sectional Final
Salisbury/Amherst winner vs. Montclair State/Bowdoin winner – 6 p.m.
SCOUTING AMHERST (25-3)
Schedule * Roster * Stats
For the eighth consecutive season, the Amherst College women's basketball team has not only qualified for the NCAA Championship, but has also reached the "Sweet 16". With two more wins last week in first and second round action, the Jeffs improved their overall record in the tournament to 29-9 (.763). The Purple & White have won eight of its last nine games as it enters Friday nights matchup against the Gulls with a 25-3 overall mark. Friday's sectional semifinal game is also the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
The Jeffs defeated No. 22 Eastern University and No. 17 New York University by scores of 68-51 and 70-47 in the first and second rounds, respectively. The squad, led by Second Team All-NESCAC selections Megan Robertson '15 and Ali Doswell '17, averages 69.4 points per game and allows just 49.9. Doswell leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.1 ppg, while Robertson ranks second with 10.6. Robertson also leads the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and blocks (2.7 bpg). She scored 22 points on 11-of-15 shooting against Eastern, and also grabbed nine boards. Doswell added a 22-point performance against NYU and has been stellar from beyond the arc this season with a team-high 60 three-pointers.
Amherst's well-balanced attack features eight players averaging five or more points. Marley Giddins '16 ranks third on the team in scoring (9.0 ppg), while Hannah Peterson '17 and Meredith Doswell '17 average 7.8 and 7.4 ppg, respectively. Ali Doswell also leads the team in assists (3.1 apg), and Jaimie Renner '17 averages a team-high 1.6 steals per game.
SCOUTING THE FIELD
No. 11 Salisbury University (27-2) – Schedule * Roster * Stats
The Gulls earned the Capital Athletic Conference automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament with a conference title win over the University of Mary Washington. They are making their sixth appearance in the big dance, and hold a 5-5 all-time record after wins against Bridgewater State (66-63) and Stockton University (61-54) in the first and second round, respectively. Anna Hackett leads the team in scoring, averaging 18.1 per game, followed by Sarah Seipp who averages 15.1 ppg. Seipp also averages 5.7 rebounds per game, good for second on the team, while Julia McLaughlin pulls in a team-high 6.0 rpg. Hackett leads the team in assists as well, averaging 4.3 per game on a team that scores 70.8 ppg.
No. 7 Montclair State University (28-1) – Schedule * Roster * Stats
The Red Hawks are making their third consecutive "Sweet 16" appearance following home wins against Regis College (75-48) and Stevenson University (53-48) in the first and second rounds, respectively. Two players average double-figures, as Melissa Tobie leads the team with 16.2 ppg and Janitza Aquino adds 15.3 ppg. Tobie, a 2013-14 WBCA Division III All-American, also controls the glass and averages 9.8 rpg to lead all players, while dishing out a team-high 3.2 assists per game. Montclair State, ranked No. 7 in the country, has just one loss on its resume when it fell to Richard Stockton January 14th, 61-60. Since then, they have won 12 straight.
No. 16 Bowdoin College (25-4) - Schedule * Roster * Stats
The Polar Bears earned their 14th NCAA Tournament appearance in the last 15 seasons, and 11th overall trip to the "Sweet 16". They reached the 20-win plateau for the 13th time in the last 15 seasons and are led by First Team All-NESCAC selections Shannon Brady and Sara Binkhorst, while Kate Kerrigan picked up Co-Defensive Player of the Year awards. Brady is the team's leading scorer, averaging 14.5 ppg and Binkhorst ranks second on the team with 14.4. Megan Phelps and Brady lead the squad in rebounding with 6.9 and 6.4, respectively.