READING, Pa. – Jaimie Renner '17 scored a game-high 20 points to lead three players in double figures and help propel the No. 3/2 Amherst College women's basketball team to a 57-42 victory over previously undefeated No. 20/22 Albright College Monday afternoon in Reading, Pa.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In a game that was hotly contested until midway through the third period, Amherst used key runs at the end of the third and in the fourth quarter to help drive the Purple & White to its 15-point victory.
- Renner finished with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting from the field, while Hannah Hackley '18 totaled 12 points on the strength of 4-for-4 shooting from the charity stripe. Ali Doswell '17 was Amherst's third player to score in double figures as she finished 4-of-11 from the floor and collected a team-high nine rebounds.
- Meredith Doswell '17 finished with seven points, five rebounds and four assists as the Purple & White shot 31.5% from the field, 33.3% from long distance, and a superb 88.9% from the free throw line.
- Albright was led by Emily O'Donnell who totaled 11 points on 3-for-6 shooting, while Shannon Thomas followed with nine points. O'Donnell and Alysha Lofton each grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds in the losing effort, while Lofton added three steals.
- The Lions were held to just a 27.7 field goal percentage, and were just 2-for-12 from three-point range (16.7%). Albright, which held a 40-36 edge on the glass and a 15-7 advantage in points off the bench, only converted 60.9% of its free throw attempts.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- After falling behind, 1-0 when Lofton hit the back end of two free throws, Amherst surged ahead with a 15-3 run sparked by a trey from Hackley to give the Purple & White a 15-4 lead after 10 minutes of play.
- Meredith Doswell canned a three-pointer to make it 12-3 with 1:40 to play in the opening quarter, and Renner swished a shot from beyond-the-arc to set the score at 15-4 at the end of the first stanza.
- Renner struck again to begin the second quarter as she connected from long distance just 21 seconds into the frame to extend the visitors' lead to 14 (18-4).
- Albright responded with a 10-2 run of its own capped by a three-point play from Thomas at the 5:50 mark to pull the Lions to within six at 20-14. From there, Amherst was able to maintain the cushion and take a six-point, 25-19 lead into halftime.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- After a scoreless first 2:14 to start the second half, O'Donnell closed Albright's gap to four when she connected on a pair of free throws to set the score at 25-21 in favor of Amherst. The Purple & White answered when Renner powered in a layup at the 6:28 mark of third quarter, but back-to-back baskets underneath by O'Donnell and Jane Joyce narrowed Lions' deficit to two at 27-25 with 5:46 remaining in the third period.
- A three-pointer by Thomas at the 4:45 mark gave Albright a 28-27 lead, but two free throws by Hackley with 3:55 remaining in the frame ignited an 11-3 run to close out the third quarter, as Amherst held a 40-30 advantage after thirty minutes of play.
- After another scoreless 2:14 to start the fourth session, Kelecia Harris converted a jumper to set the score at 40-32. At the 7:00 mark, Hackley delivered a strike from beyond-the-arc that gave the Purple & White their first points of the period, and fueled a 10-4 run over the next 4:16 that allowed the visitors to pull away to the eventual 57-42 victory.
- Amherst opens conference play Friday, January 8 when it travels to NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College for a 7 p.m. contest in Williamstown, Mass.
- Albright is back in action Wednesday, January 6 when it hosts Widener University at 6 p.m. in Reading, Pa.