AMHERST, Mass. – Ali Doswell '17 swished seven three-pointers en route to a game-high 27 points as the No. 2 Amherst College women's basketball team downed Albertus Magnus College, 94-38 in Saturday's season opener for the Purple & White to begin play in the Amherst Invitational at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst begins its season 1-0, while Albertus Magnus moves to 2-1 on the season.
Amherst held Albertus Magnus to single digits in three of four quarters, including six points in the first quarter as the Purple & White opened up a 26-6 advantage after 10 minutes of play. Amherst then outscored the Falcons, 23-7 in the second stanza en route to a 49-13 lead at intermission.
Ali Doswell hit on 4-of-4 from three-point range in the first stanza and converted a pair of jumpers and scored 18 of Amherst's 26 points in the frame. Hannah Hackley '18 added four points, while Meredith Doswell '17 and Emma McCarthy '19 added two points apiece.
The Purple & White shot 45% from the field in the second quarter backed by a 10-point effort from first-year Madeline Eck who was 4-for-6 from the floor in the period. Meredith Doswell canned a pair of three-pointers, while Meghan Sullivan '19 chipped in a strike from beyond-the-arc at the end of the half as Amherst cruised to a 36-point advantage at intermission.
In the third quarter, Amherst struck for three more triples as Ali Doswell drained two more, while Hackley added one. Albertus Magnus received a trey from Liz Falcigno, and Deja Ward converted a three-point play, as the Falcons pulled to within 42 at 67-25. Holding a 74-29 lead with five seconds left in the quarter, Hannah Fox '20 swished a three-pointer to set the score at 74-29. Albertus connected on 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the third quarter, highlighted by a 4-for-6 effort from Falcigno.
Amherst outscored the Falcons, 20-9 in the final quarter as Cam Hendricks '20 and Fox led the squad with six points each as both players delivered a pair strikes from beyond-the-arc. Sullivan added four points, while JJ Daniell '19 and Jenna Schumacher '18 chipped in two points each.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Ali Doswell was a sensational 9-of-10 shooting from the field, fueled by a sizzling 7-of-8 performance from three-point range. Eck added 14 points on 6-of-13 efficiency, while Meredith Doswell and Hackley contributed eight points each. Hackley led all players with a collegiate career-high 10 assists, while Meredith Doswell chipped in eight rebounds.
- Off the bench, Fox poured in nine points on three triples, while Hendricks led all players with nine boards.
- Ward finished with 14 points in the losing effort for Albertus Magnus, while Jill Johnson and Falcigno added seven points each.
- Amherst shot 44.3% from the floor and 40.9% from long distance, and limited the Falcons to just 22.2% shooting (25% from three). The Purple & White also held a commanding, 61-22 advantage in rebounds, including a 26-8 edge in second chance points, a 28-2 differential in assists, and a 35-0 advantage in points off the bench.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Ali Doswell's seven treys was one shy of the program's single-game record of eight set by Shannon Russell '04 in 2001.
- Hackley's 10 assists ties her for the program's single-game record which has been achieved three other times.