AMHERST, Mass. – Ali Doswell '17 netted a game-high 15 points and collected a game-best nine rebounds, while Emma McCarthy '19 notched 12 points and seven rebounds off the bench to help the No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team to a convincing, 80-25 victory over Rhode Island College Monday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 7-0 on the season, while Rhode Island moves to 4-5 overall. Amherst returns to action, Tuesday, December 13 at Bridgewater State for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Bears.
Amherst shot 42.4% from the field and 39% from three-point range, including five from Ali Doswell and three from McCarthy. The Purple & White limited Rhode Island to just 28.2% shooting from the floor, forced 25 turnovers, and held the Anchorwomen to just nine points in the first half. Amherst also held a 49-21 advantage in rebounding, scored 32 points on turnovers, held a 26-2 differential in the second chance points, and saw the bench outscore Rhode Island, 42-5.
Alex Moore scored the opening bucket of the game before Amherst went on a 16-0 run capped by a Hannah Hackley '18 layup midway through the first quarter. Moore then scored her second layup of the game at the 4:19 mark of the first period, as Amherst held the visitors scoreless until the 5:44 mark of the second quarter when Moore hit the second of two free throws to make it 26-5. Moore scored all nine of the Anchorwomen's points in the first half, and the first 13 of the game for Rhode Island.
Meredith Doswell '17 canned a trey to start the second half as the Purple & White went on an 8-0 run over the first 4:39 to stake a 48-11 lead. Amherst led by as many as 57 (80-23) following a swish from beyond-the-arc by Meghan Sullivan '19 late in the fourth quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Ali Doswell registered three assists to go along with her 15 points and nine rebounds, while Meredith Doswell added three boards and a pair of steals in addition to scoring 12 points.
- McCarthy led all players off the bench as she scored 12 on 4-of-5 shooting, while JJ Daniell '19 followed with nine points and pulled in six rebounds. Sullivan and Hannah Fox '20 added eight points apiece, while Maeve McNamara '19 dished out four assists in the winning effort.
- Rhode Island was led by Moore's 13-point, four-rebound effort, while Jordyn Gauvin picked up seven points. Lindsey Reinhart added a team-high five rebounds in reserve for the Anchorwomen, while Fatima McDonald and Jessa Rubera rounded out the scoring with three and two points respectively.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- The Amherst defense turned a season-best effort to date, allowing just 25 points to Rhode Island.
- The Anchorwomen's four points in the first stanza is also the lowest for a single period given up by the Purple & White in one quarter so far this season.