Purple & White Falls to Salisbury, 63-58 in "Sweet 16"

Purple & White Falls to Salisbury, 63-58 in "Sweet 16"

MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Megan Robertson '15 recorded a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds, but the 12th-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team was edged by 11th-ranked Salisbury University in the NCAA Division III Sectional Semifinals Friday night, 63-58.

With the loss, the Jeffs conclude the 2014-15 season with a 25-4 overall record after advancing to their eighth-straight "Sweet 16". They are now 29-10 all-time in the postseason tournament, all under head coach G.P. Gromacki's guidance. The Sea Gulls (28-2) advance in the tournament and await the winner of No. 7 Montclair State and No. 16 Bowdoin.

Robertson concludes an incredible career in Purple & White and will go down as one of the best to ever wear the Amherst jersey. In addition to 16 points on 8-of-13 shooting and 14 rebounds, she also recorded five blocks. She is the Jeffs all-time leader in blocked shots (229), and ranks fourth in rebounds (810) and seventh in points (1,190), and is the only player in Amherst women's basketball history to record at least 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocks.

The senior was joined in double-figures Friday night by Ali Doswell '17, who posted a team-high 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. The sophomore also went 4-for-7 from downtown, pulled in six rebounds and dished out two assists. Jaimie Renner '17 added eight points and registered a game-high seven assists, and Meredith Doswell '17 scored six points, grabbed seven boards and recorded three assists.

Salisbury was led by Anna Hackett with a game-high 29 points on 11-of-15 shooting, including four assists and three rebounds. Sarah Seipp added 16 points and seven boards, while Julia McLaughlin and Melanie Mocniak scored eight and six, respectively.

After a three-pointer by Doswell early in the contest put the Jeffs up 5-2, a lay-up by Hackett 1:18 later sparked a 12-0 run by the Sea Gulls as they took a 14-5 lead at the 12:58 mark. Hannah Hackley '18 hit a jumper to snap the streak before both teams went cold for the next 5:33.

A lay-up by Hackett with 7:16 to play in the first half gave Salisbury a 10-point lead, its largest of the game, but Amherst went on a 14-0 run over the next three-plus minutes as Marley Giddins '16 capped off the stretch with a lay-up at the 2:27 mark. Leading by five shortly after, a trey from Ali Doswell gave the Purple & White a 33-25 advantage at the half.

Amherst had a difficult time stopping Hackett in the final 20 minutes of play as she scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and opened the period with a three-pointer to cut the deficit to five. Over a minute later, Renner lifted the Jeffs to another eight-point lead as she hit one from beyond the arc, but Salisbury retaliated with another run as they scored 15 of the next 18 points to go ahead, 45-41.

The game went back-and-forth over the next couple of minutes until a jumper by Hackett with 5:39 to play gave the Sea Gulls the lead for good. Amherst got within one following a lay-up by Ali Doswell at the 1:48 mark, but Hackett put the game away with a bucket and a pair of free throws to seal the 63-58 win.

Amherst shot 42.6-percent (23-54) from the floor, 36.4-percent (8-22) from beyond the arc, and 40.0-percent (4-10) from the foul line. Salisbury shot 44.1-percent (26-59), and went 42.9-percent (3-7) from downtown and 80.0-percent (8-10) from the charity stripe. The Jeffs held a commanding 19-4 edge in bench points and a 17-9 advantage in assists, while the Sea Gulls narrowly won the rebounding battle, 35-to-34. The game featured 10 lead changes and three ties.