BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – No. 2/2 Amherst College used a game-high 16-point effort from Ali Doswell '17 as the Purple & White notched an impressive, 71-45 victory over Bridgewater State University Tuesday evening in Bridgewater, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 8-0 on the season and returns to action Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Chapman at 7 p.m. Bridgewater State moves to 3-5 overall.
In the first half, both teams shot 37% from the field hitting 10-of-27 shots each from the floor, while Amherst was 35.3% from three-point range hitting six treys in the first half, and limited Bridgewater State to an 0-for-6 effort from beyond-the-arc in the first 20 minutes. Ali Doswell led Amherst with 10 points in the first half on 3-for-8 shooting including two strikes from three-point range, while Hannah Hackley '18 totaled eight points highlighted by a 2-for-4 effort from downtown as the visitors held a 33-21 lead at intermission.
Midway through the first quarter, Ali Doswell drained a triple at the 2:32 mark to give the Purple & White a nine point lead (17-8). Bridgewater State battle back to pull to within five when Chelsea Saucier hit mid-range jumper with 6:36 on the clock in the second quarter to set the score at 20-15, but Jaimie Renner '17 swished a trey, and JJ Daniell '19 followed with a strike from long distance of her own to extend the lead to 11 at 26-15. A third consecutive make from deep – this one by Ali Doswell with 3:10 on the clock – lifted Amherst's lead to 14 points at 29-15. The Bears scored six of the final 10 points to close out the half.
Bridgewater State cut the lead to nine early in the third quarter when Stephanie Desantis made a jumper and Rhiana Page powered in a layup to make it 34-25, but Amherst used a 12-6 run, sparked by six points from Ali Doswell and four points from Meredith Doswell '17 to help the Purple & White take a 48-30 lead with 2:03 to play in the third stanza. A Madeline Eck '20 bucket in the paint at the 1:18 mark gave the visitors their largest advantage of the game (19 points) and set the score at 50-31, before Jennifer Whyte canned a triple for the Bears to pull the hosts to within 16 with 17 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The fourth quarter opened with a layup by Eck and trey by Hannah Fox '20 as Amherst increased its lead back to 19 points at 55-36 early in the final quarter. A swish from three-point range by Meghan Sullivan '19, followed by a make from beyond-the-arc by Daniell midway through the fourth quarter gave the Purple & White a commanding 63-38 lead as Amherst pulled away to the 71-45 win.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Ali Doswell was 6-for-15 from the field, collected five rebounds and dished out five assists, while Hackley and Eck finished with eight points each in the winning effort. Fox came off the bench to net nine points, while Renner finished with seven.
- On the glass, Meredith Doswell led all players with 10 rebounds and added six points, while Daniell also finished with six points. Jackie Nagle '18 chipped in four points in her first action n of the season.
- Sara DaSilva led Bridgewater State with 10 points, while Page and Jennie Lindland notched nine each in the losing effort. Saucier contributed seven points in reserve, while Page finished with a team-best six rebounds.
- Amherst shot 43.9% from the floor and 37% from three-point range for the game, and also hit 11-of-14 from the free throw line (78.6%). The Purple & White also held a 21-2 differential in second chance points, and used a strong effort from their reserves who held a 30-11 lead in points of the bench.