AMHERST, Mass. – Hannah Hackley '18 scored a team-high 14 points and notched a team-best 10 rebounds as the No. 3/2 Amherst College women's basketball team used a strong third quarter to pull away to a 53-38 NESCAC victory over Trinity College Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Trinity (9-7, 0-6 NESCAC)
Amherst (20-0, 6-0 NESCAC)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst, which was held to 36.5% shooting from the field, and 27.6% efficiency from three-point range, forced 19 Trinity turnovers and scored 21 points off those turnovers to help lift the Purple & White to the win.
- Hackley was 5-for-12 from the field en route to her 14 points, while Jackie Nagle '18 collected 10 points and four rebounds off the bench for Amherst. Jaimie Renner '17 and Ali Doswell '17 each finished with eight points in the winning effort, while Renner dished out four assists and Ali Doswell contributed six boards.
- Cheyenne Pritchard '16 added six points, Hackley blocked three shots, and Meredith Doswell '17 totaled five points and four rebounds to help fuel the victory.
- Mackenzie Griffin led all players with 18 points and added five rebounds, while Sheena Landy pulled down a game-high 12 boards in the losing effort. Erin Cunningham logged 10 points in reserve for Trinity which was held to 25% shooting from the floor and just 28.6% from beyond-the-arc.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- A back-and-forth first quarter saw Amherst hold a slim, 10-8 lead after 10 minutes of play.
- In the second quarter, the Purple & White used 11 points from Hackley, including a 3-for-4 effort from long distance, to help Amherst post a 30-18 advantage at intermission.
- Cunningham was equally impressive in the second stanza hitting on a pair of treys and scoring eight points to help keep the Bantams to within 12 of Amherst.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The Purple & White began to pull away in the third quarter, outscoring Trinity 13-5 in the period behind five points from Ali Doswell and four from Nagle as Amherst ran its lead to as many as 20 (41-21) following a pair of makes by Renner from the charity stripe with 2:14 to play.
- The Bantams held a 15-10 edge in scoring in the fourth quarter, and Griffin pulled the visitors to within 14 (50-36) following a pair of made foul shots with 2:09 to play, but that's as close as they could get as Amherst pulled away to the 53-38 win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst has won its first 20 games of the season for the first time since 2012-13 when the Purple & White started their campaign 22-0 and went on to a 30-3 overall record.
- Amherst has now won 120 straight games at LeFrak Gymnasium since edging Colby, 65-64 on Jan. 31, 2009.
- The Purple & White are now nine home wins shy of tying the NCAA record (for all divisions) of 129 home victories set by the University of Kentucky's men's basketball team between 1943 and 1955.
- Amherst returns to action Friday, Feb. 5 when it hosts NESCAC rival Bates College at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
- Trinity returns to the court Tuesday, Feb. 2 when it hosts the University of St. Joseph at 7 p.m. in Hartford, Conn. in non-conference play.