ORANGE, Calif. – Ali Doswell '17 scored a game-high 21 points, while Emma McCarthy '19 netted a collegiate career-best 19 points to help life No. 2/2 Amherst College to a 79-62 victory over Chapman University in Wednesday evening's non-conference women's basketball game in Orange, Calif.
With the win, Amherst improves to 9-0 on the season, while Chapman falls to 3-6 overall. The Purple & White take on SUNY Oneonta at 7 p.m. EST Thursday, Dec. 29 in Orange, Calif.
In the opening period, Amherst roared out to a 13-2 lead and closed out the first quarter with a 20-6 lead. Ali Doswell netted 12 points on the strength of two triples, while Jaimie Renner '17 added four points in the first 10 minutes of action.
Early in the second stanza, McCarthy powered in a layup following a nice dish from Renner, and then converted the ensuing free throw to complete the three-point play as the Purple & White extended its lead to 17 points (23-6). Midway through the second quarter, Chapman cut its deficit to 10 points when Lauren Sato nailed a three-pointer at the 6:37 mark, before canning a mid-range jumper less than two minutes later to pull the Panthers to within eight (29-21).
Late in the period, Hannah Fox '20 delivered a pair of free throws, and Madeline Eck '20 hit two-of-four from the free throw line to help extend Amherst's lead back to double digits (35-23). With just 27 seconds remaining in the first half, Chapman used a layup by Jaryn Fajardo to set the score at 35-25 at intermission.
In the first 4:44 of the third quarter, Amherst used a 13-6 run to extend its advantage back to 17 points (48-31) as Hannah Hackley '18 capped the surge with a bucket in the paint. A jumper by Ali Doswell with time expiring in the frame ballooned the lead to 20 (60-40) after 30 minutes of play.
In the fourth quarter, Chapman held a 22-19 edge in scoring led by a 10-point effort from Fajardo, but it was not enough as Amherst was able to hold on for the 79-62 win. McCarthy scored eight points in the fourth stanza, while Meghan Sullivan '19 swished a trey and finished with five points in the quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Ali Doswell led all scorers with 21 points, while McCarthy netted a collegiate career-best 19 points. Renner and Hackley finished with eight points each in the winning effort, while McCarthy and Hackley pulled in a game-high eight rebounds each.
- The Purple & White dished out a combined 27 assists led by Sullivan's five helpers. Renner, Ali Doswell, Meredith Doswell '17, Hackley, and Eck each chipped in four assists.
- Fajardo led Chapman with 19 points on the strength of 7-for-8 shooting at the free throw line. She added three assists and three steals, while Megan Charles contributed 13 points and four rebounds.
- Jaime Hum-Nishkikado followed with nine points, while Sato and Ryann Garcia handed out three assists apiece in the losing effort.
- Amherst shot 54.1% from the field, 30.8% from three-point distance, and 75% from the foul line. The Panthers shot 36.7% from the floor, 33.3% from long distance, and 80% from the charity stripe.
- The Purple & White held a 43-26 advantage in rebounding, a commanding 58-16 lead in points in the paint, outscored the hosts, 14-0 on the fast-break, and held a 23-16 advantage in points off the bench.