AMHERST, Mass. – Four starters scored in double figures, and the No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team held a 50-19 lead at intermission as the Purple & White powered to a 76-44 victory over NESCAC and archrival Williams College Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 11-0 on the season, 1-0 in NESCAC play, while Williams moves to 10-3 overall, 0-1 in league action. The Purple & White return to action Monday, January 9 when they host Albright College at 5 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
In the first quarter, Hannah Hackley '18 knocked down a triple to open the scoring, before Kristin Fechtelkotte hit a mid-range jumper on Williams' first possession. From there, Amherst struck for 10 quick points to open up a 13-2 lead. Emma McCarthy '19 was superb in the opening 10 minutes for Amherst, scoring 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting from the floor, while Hackley finished with nine points in the period on 4-for-5 shooting from the field as the Purple & White held a commanding, 31-9 advantage.
In the second quarter, Amherst extended its lead thanks to a pair of triples by Ali Doswell '17, while Meredith Doswell '17 notched five points of her own. A balanced offense saw four other players score a basket in the second quarter, while JJ Daniell '19 dished out four assists in the frame to help Amherst build its 50-19 lead at intermission.
Amherst, which shot 66.7% in the first quarter, shot 66.7% in the third quarter as well, backed by a six-point effort from Ali Doswell who swished all three of her shots in the stanza. Madeline Eck '20 added five points off the bench in the third quarter, while Meredith Doswell knocked down a shot from beyond-the-arc, while Jaimie Renner '17 contributed three points in the session to help give the Purple & White a 70-28 lead after 30 minutes.
In the fourth quarter, Williams outscored Amherst, 16-6 as Amanni Fernandez was 3-for-6 from the floor, including a trey and a 5-for-6 effort from the foul line en route to 12 points in the quarter. Devon Caveney and Fechtelkotter added the Ephs' other two baskets, while Daniell, Maeve McNamara '19 and Natalie Nardella '20 each scored for the Purple & White.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst shot 50% from the field for the game, while Williams shot 31.4%. The Purple & White held a 44-30 advantage in rebounds, and forced 25 turnovers scoring 30 points off the Ephs' miscues. The hosts also held a 46-24 differential in points in the paint.
- Ali Doswell finished with a game-high 18 points, while McCarthy followed with 15 points. Hackley and Meredith scored 11 and 10 respectively, while Eck led the reserves with seven points.
- Meredith Doswell also pulled in a game-high eight rebounds, while Ali Doswell and McCarthy chipped in five boards each. Hackley led Amherst with five assists, while Daniell and Renner dished out four each.
- Meredith Doswell added six steals, while Ali Doswell swatted four shots.
- Fernandez led Williams with 12 points, four steals and five rebounds, while Caveney chipped in 11 points and grabbed four boards. Fechtelkotter finished with eight points and five rebounds, while Emily Change picked up nine points and four rebounds off the bench for the Ephs.