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)

No. 2/2 Women's Basketball Powers Past Randolph-Macon, 83-59

No. 2/2 Women's Basketball Powers Past Randolph-Macon, 83-59

ASHLAND, Va. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team used a game-high 18 points from Ali Doswell '17 and a game-best 11 rebounds from Meredith Doswell '17 to help the Purple & White post a 28-point second quarter, and pull away to a 83-59 win over Randolph-Macon Saturday afternoon in Ashland, Va.

With the win, Amherst improves to 6-0 on the season, while Randolph-Macon moves to 3-2 overall. The Purple & White return to action Monday, Dec. 5 when they host Rhode Island College at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.

A back-and-forth first quarter saw neither team own more than a five-point lead when Jaimie Renner '17 notched a steal and converted a fast-break layup at the 3:41 mark to give Amherst a 12-7 lead. Randolph-Macon went ahead on a three-pointer by Marisha Berry with 1:50 remaining in the quarter, but Renner and Emma McCarthy '19 each hit a free throw, and  following an exchange of buckets underneath that set the score at 16-16, Renner sank a triple that gave the Purple & White a 19-16 edge after 10 minutes of action.

Amherst scored the first eight points of the second quarter as Ali Doswell and Renner hit a jumper and made a layup respectively before Meredith Doswell drilled a trey to help lift the visitors to a 27-16 lead. Hannah Hackley '18 and Cam Hendricks '20 each knocked down a three-pointer midway through the stanza to make it 39-29, while Hackley swished three foul shots at the 1:46 mark to extend the cushion to 42-31. Twenty seconds, later, following a Charlotte Woods bucket in the paint, Hendricks delivered another triple to make it 45-33. Taylor Intermill then cashed in a three-pointer for the Yellow Jackets to pull the hosts to within nine.  A layup by Meredith Doswell capped the scoring in the first half as Amherst held a 47-36 advantage at intermission.

The third quarter saw the Purple & White continue to swell the lead as Ali Doswell erupted for 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting from the field including a three-pointer, while the smothering Amherst defense held Randolph-Macon to just six points and 15.4% shooting in the frame.

Intermill scored four points in the fourth quarter for the Yellow Jackets, while berry and Jayla Wade added three each, but Meghan Sullivan '19 cashed in a shot from long distance to help Amherst see out the 83-59 win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • Ali Doswell led all scorers with 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting, added six assists, eight rebounds and three steals, while three other starters netted double-digit points. Hackley finished with 16 points and three assists, Meredith Doswell notched 14 points, five assists and a game-high 11 boards, while Renner finished with 10 points, three assists and three steals.  
  • Off the bench, McCarthy totaled seven points and six rebounds, while Hendricks struck twice from three-point range for six points.
  • Randolph-Macon was led by Intermill who netted 15 points, while Kelly Williams chipped in 10 points and collected a team-high nine boards. Berry concluded with nine points off the bench, while Woods grabbed eight boards in reserve.