ORANGE, Calif. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team shot 56.1% from the field and the Purple & White scored a season-high 97 points en route to a 97-31 victory over SUNY Oneonta on Thursday evening in Orange, Calif.
With the win, Amherst improves to 10-0 on the season, while Oneonta moves to 5-3 overall. The Purple & White return to action Friday, Jan. 6 when they host archrival Williams College in their 2016-17 NESCAC opener at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
In the first half, Amherst shot a sensational 60% from the field and hit on 8-of-13 from beyond the arc (61.5%) en route to a 51-14 lead at intermission. Emma McCarthy '19 was 6-for-9 from the floor in the first half and netted 12 points, while Hannah Hackley '20 canned two treys and was 4-for-5 from the field and notched 10 points and four assists in the first 20 minutes. Jaimie Renner '17 and Meredith Doswell '17 chipped in six points each, while Ali Doswell '17 and Meghan Sullivan '19 added five points each over the first two stanzas.
Amherst's stifling defense limited Oneonta to just 14 points on 4-of-18 shooting in the first half as Alexa Amalbert led the Red Dragons with six points, while four other players notched two points apiece. Oneonta shot just 22.2% in the first 20 minutes and were out-rebounded, 19-11.
The Purple & White started off fast at the beginning of the third quarter as Ali Doswell knocked down a triple as Amherst scored the first nine points of the second half. Hackley paced Amherst with nine points in the third frame, while Ali Doswell and Sullivan each connected for a strike from three-point range. After 30 minutes of play, the Purple & White held a commanding, 71-22 advantage.
In the fourth stanza, Amherst's bench produced 26 points as JJ Daniell '19 delivered a pair of treys and scored eight points, in addition to notching four steals. Sullivan chipped in another swish from long distance, while Hannah Fox '20 added five points in the final ten minutes to help the Purple & White secure the 97-31 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Hackley finished with a game-high 19 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the field, 3-for-4 efficiency from three-point range, and a 4-for-6 effort from the charity stripe. McCarthy added 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting, while Sullivan and Daniell provided 13 and 11 points off the bench respectively.
- On the glass, Meredith Doswell and Madeline Eck '20 pulled in five rebounds each, while Jackie Nagle '18 and McCarthy hauled in four boards each. Hackley finished with six assists, while Meredith Doswell, and McCarthy totaled six steals each.
- Amalbert led Oneonta with 10 points, while Leanne Corso followed with six points. Madeline Frank led the Red Dragons with five rebounds, while Corso and Casey Hayes registered four rebounds each.
- Amherst shot 56.1% from the field and 60% from three-point range in the contest. The Purple & White held a 39-27 edge in rebounding, and held a 39-4 margin in points off turnovers. Amherst also held a 36-14 differential in points in the paint, and a 44-13 advantage in bench points.