AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team hit on 16-of-30 (53.3%) shots from three-point range to propel the Purple & White to a resounding, 86-47 victory over Eastern Connecticut State University Thursday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 5-0 on the season, while Eastern Connecticut State moves to 3-2 overall. The Purple & White return to action Saturday, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. at Randolph-Macon.
Amherst was superb in the first 10 minutes connecting on 11 of its 22 shots in the quarter, including 5-of-6 from three-point distance. Hannah Hackley '18 led the Purple & White with 13 first quarter points and struck for two three-pointers, while Ali Doswell '17 finished with seven points in the stanza including a trey. Jaimie Renner '17 and Meredith Doswell '17 each added a triple, while Madeline Eck '20 contributed four points to help give the hosts a 30-16 lead at the first break.
Amherst continued its efficient shooting in the second period and swished five more three-pointers, including two from Cam Hendricks '20, and one apiece from Renner, Hackley, and Hannah Fox '20. Renner, who had three assists in the first quarter, dished out three more helpers in the second to lead the Purple & White offense which shot 61.1% in the frame, as Emma McCarthy '19 and Hendricks each totaled six points, while Renner and Hackley added five each. Amherst's stingy defense allowed just eight points in the second quarter as Jordyn Nappi and Kelsey Santagata provided a field goal and a free throw each in the stanza as the Purple & White carried a 57-24 lead into intermission.
Ali Doswell started the third period strong for Amherst, draining a trey on the team's first possession of the second half, and struck again midway through the period to give the Purple & White a commanding 64-28 lead. Amherst led by as many as 42 points in the contest following a triple by JJ Daniell '19 at the 1:16 mark that set the score to 71-29.
In the fourth frame, Amherst connected for three more three-pointers as Fox knocked down a pair of long-range jumpers, while Maeve McNamara '19 added a triple of her own to help the Purple & White pull away to the 86-47 win. Kelly Reardon was the Warriors' top scorer in the final quarter with four points, while Mya Villard followed with three points.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Amherst shot 47.8% for the game from the field and 53.3% from beyond-the-arc en route to the victory. The Purple & White committed just 10 turnovers compared to 22 by Eastern Connecticut State, and turned those turnovers into 27 points, while the Warriors managed seven.
- Amherst held a 30-24 edge in points in the paint, and a 35-17 differential in bench points. Eastern Connecticut State held a 38-34 difference in rebounds.
- Hackley finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting and canned three treys, while Ali Doswell hit 3-of-5 from long distance and finished with 13 points. Fox also hit a trio of three-pointers en route to a collegiate career-high 11 points.
- Renner dished out seven assists and registered five steals in addition to her eight points, while Eck and McCarthy contributed nine points each. Hendricks added a collegiate-best eight points off the bench, while Meredith Doswell, Hackley and McCarthy pulled in a team-high four rebounds each.
- The Warriors were led by Nappi's 10-point effort, while Villard, Reardon and Santagata chipped in eight points apiece. Villard led all players with eight boards, while Santagata added six, and Lexis Foster contributed five.