AMHERST, Mass. – No. 2/2 Amherst College used a game-high 17-point effort from Ali Doswell '17 and a 12-point effort from Madeline Eck '20 off the bench to help lift the Purple & White to a 78-45 win over Albright College Monday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 12-0 overall, while Albright moves to 10-4 on the season. Amherst returns to action Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Farmingdale State College. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Hannah Hackley '18 canned a trey to get Amherst off and running on its first possession of the game. The Purple & White quickly extended its early lead to nine points on a layup by Emma McCarthy '19 before Devan Horka muscled in Albright's first points of the game at the 6:34 mark of the first quarter. McCarthy scored eight more points in the frame, and Amherst's swarming defense limited the Lions to just nine points as the hosts held a 24-9 lead after 10 minutes of play.
After an Ali Doswell jumper to start the second period, Jane Joyce hit the front end of two free throws to set the score at 26-10. An 8-0 run by Amherst that featured a pair of buckets in the paint by Jackie Nagle '17 extended the Purple & White's advantage to 34-10 with 5:30 to play in the first half. Albright responded with a run of eight straight points of its own as Shannon Thomas, Joyce, Amara-Niani Jackson and Horka each contributed a basket to pull the Lions to within 34-18 with 3:20 on the clock. A 10-1 run by Amherst was sparked by a mid-range jumper by Hannah Fox '20 and capped by a Natalie Nardella '20 layup with 32 ticks remaining in the second quarter which set the score at 44-19. Fifteen seconds later, Thomas swished a triple for Albright to close out the scoring in the first half with the Purple & White ahead, 44-22.
Following a back-and-forth third period that saw both teams net 11 points, and was highlighted by a seven-point effort from Ali Doswell, the Purple & White closed out the contest with a strong fourth stanza, outscoring the Lions, 23-12. Eck scored nine points to lead the hosts in the fourth quarter, while Cam Hendricks '20 added seven points of her own, and both players connected on their attempts from three-point range. Maeve McNamara '19 added four points, while Fox struck from beyond-the-arc in the final 10 minutes to help Amherst pull away to the 78-45 win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst shot 44.9% from the field and held Albright to just 32.7% shooting in the winning effort. Amherst also edged the Lions in rebounds (42-39), outscored Albright, 19-6 on second chance attempts, held a 42-28 differential in points in the paint, and received a 39-12 advantage in points off the bench.
- Ali Doswell finished with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while McCarthy finished with 10 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Eck added 12 points off the bench on 4-for-8 shooting and collected six boards, while Hendricks added nine points. Fox totaled seven and Nagle added five points to highlight the Purple & White's scoring.
- Thomas finished with 11 points for Albright, while Joyce followed with nine points and a team-best nine rebounds. Horka and MiKayla Lea logged six points each, while Alysha Lofton hauled in seven rebounds.