WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 3/2 Amherst College women's basketball team received a collegiate career-high 21-point effort from Hannah Hackley '18 as the Purple & White soared to an 80-44 victory over No. 19/18 Williams College in Friday evening's NESCAC and Little III contest in Williamstown, Mass.
Amherst (11-0, 1-0 NESCAC)
Williams (10-2, 0-1 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst shot a stellar 46.3%, shot 47.6% from three-point range, held a decisive 19-5 advantage in second chance points, dominated in the paint (40-18), and led by as many as 38 points en route to the commanding victory.
- The Purple & White were led by Hackley who led all scorers with 21 points on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-7 efficiency from beyond-the-arc. Jaimie Renner '17 added 17 points and five assists, while Marley Giddins '16 notched 13 points in the winning effort.
- Haley Zwecker '16 added nine points off the bench, while Meredith Doswell '17 pulled eight boards and chipped in eight points. Jackie Nagle '17 added seven rebounds, Renner dished out five assists and Meredith Doswell handed out four helpers.
- Williams was held to 35% shooting from the field and was led by Amanni Fernandez who was the only player to reach double figures for the Ephs. Devon Caveney and Katie Litman added seven points apiece, while Lauren Vostal registered six points off the bench.
- Oge Uwanaka and Litman tied with Meredith Doswell for the team-high in rebounds with eight each.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The first quarter saw Amherst sprint out to a 12-2 lead over the first 5:17 en route to a 24-12 cushion after 10 minutes of play. Renner led the charge with 11 points while Hackley contributed seven.
- In the second stanza, the Purple & White pulled away as all five starters combined to score 13 points, and held Williams to just 1-of-11 shooting from the floor in the quarter to secure a 37-15 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The third quarter saw Amherst again hold a 24-12 differential as Hackley took charge, scoring nine of the visitor's 24 points in the frame highlighted by a pair of treys to give the Purple & White a 61-27 advantage.
- The fourth quarter saw the Purple & White edge Williams, 19-17 and build its lead to as many as 38 following a Zwecker jumper at the 3:43 mark to make it 75-37.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst has now won three straight over Williams dating back to last season, and five of the last seven dating back to the 2012-13 campaign.
- The win was the second largest margin of victory (36 points) since the Purple & White posted a 73-35 triumph over the Ephs in 1986.
- Amherst returns to non-league play Sunday, January 10 when it hosts Lebanon Valley College at 2 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
- Williams is back on the court Sunday at 2 p.m. when it hosts NESCAC foe Trinity College.