Women's Basketball

2016-17 REC: 33-0; NESCAC: 10-0; NR: 1/1 NATIONAL TITLES: 2; FINAL FOURS: 7 NESCAC TITLES: 7 ('08, '10-'13, '16-'17)

Strong First Half Paces No. 2 Women’s Basketball Past Wesleyan, 56-30

Strong First Half Paces No. 2 Women’s Basketball Past Wesleyan, 56-30

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The No. 2 Amherst College women's basketball team scored 21 points in the second quarter, and held Wesleyan University to single digits in three frames to help the Purple & White seal a 56-30 win over the Cardinals in Tuesday evening's Little III contest at Silloway Gymnasium in Middletown, Conn.

With the win, Amherst improves to 3-0 on the season, while Wesleyan moves to 1-2 overall. The Purple & White return to action Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Emmanuel College at 7:30 p.m.

In the opening quarter, Wesleyan scored the opening bucket on a Maeve Vitale layup, but Amherst took over from there, as Hannah Hackley '18 scored six points, while Ali Doswell '17 added four points to help the Purple & White stake a 12-3 lead after nine minutes of play. Danielle Gervacio swished a trey to make it 12-6 before Emma McCarthy '19 converted a three-point play to make it 15-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Amherst scored the first nine points of the second stanza as Madeline Eck '20 hit a layup and a jump shot, before Ali Doswell converted a layup, followed by a strike from long distance by Meredith Doswell '17 to give the visitors a commanding, 24-6 advantage with 6:13 left in the half. Maddie Bledsoe hit a jumper a 5:45, but Wesleyan was limited to just five points in the second period as the Purple & White held a 36-11 lead at intermission.

A back-and-forth third quarter saw Amherst edge Wesleyan, 14-13 behind seven points from Jaimie Renner '17. The Cardinals were led by Lauren Gaj and Ava Tompkins in third quarter, as the pair each scored three points lead a balanced attack for the hosts. Renner scored all seven of her points in the stanza in a span of 3:57, including a swish from three-point range just 14 seconds into the start of the second half as the Purple & White forged ahead to a 50-24 lead after 30 minutes of play.

In the fourth quarter, both teams scored six points as Eck and JJ Daniell '19 each notched a bucket for Amherst, while Tompkins struck for a three-pointer, and Olivia Gorman added a pair of free throws for the Cardinals.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Amherst shot 38.6% from the field, but limited Wesleyan to just 19.6% shooting from the floor, and held a 25-18 lead in the turnovers. The Purple & White also held a convincing, 36-2 advantage in points in the paint.
  • Eck and Ali Doswell finished with a team-high and game-best 10 points each, while Meredith Doswell pulled in a game-high nine rebounds. Eck added eight boards, while Daniell added four points, four rebounds and four steals in the winning effort.
  • Wesleyan was led by six points from Tompkins, and five points each from Bledsoe, Vitale and Danielle Gervacio.
  • Chynna Bailey added a team-best five rebounds and three assists for the Cardinals.