FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team held a 29-8 advantage at intermission, and limited Farmingdale State College to just three points in the first quarter as the Purple & White pulled away to a 49-33 victory over the Rams Tuesday afternoon in Farmingdale, N.Y.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-0 on the season, while Farmingdale State falls to 5-6 overall. The Purple & White return to action Friday, Jan. 13 when they host Wesleyan University at 7 p.m. in NESCAC action at LeFrak Gymnasium.
In the opening quarter, Amherst ran out to an early, 13-0 lead over the first 4:48 of the frame. Jaimie Renner '17 swished a trey to get the run started, and Ali Doswell '17 struck from long distance to cap the stretch as Chelsea May hit a jumper to give Farmingdale State its first points of the contest. Amherst scored six of the next seven points to close out the quarter with a 19-3 lead as the impressive Purple & White defense limited the Rams to just three points in the stanza – the fewest allowed by Amherst in a single period so far this season. Renner finished with nine of the team's 19 points in the first 10 minutes, while Ali Doswell followed with seven.
The second quarter saw Amherst outscore the Rams, 10-5 on the strength of two treys from Meghan Sullivan '19 and a layup each by Madeline Eck '20 and Jackie Nagle '17 to help the Purple & White stake a 29-8 halftime lead. Farmingdale State's Jasmine Sapp made a layup, and Essence Casey hit one-of-two from the foul line, before Kaelyn Ward converted a bucket underneath as time ran out in the second quarter.
After a scoreless 3:16 to start the third quarter, Meredith Doswell '17 canned a mid-ranger jumper before AJ Smith struck from beyond-the-arc for the Rams. Tyra Harrison then scored and Smith powered in a layup to pull the hosts to within 16 at 31-15 at the 4:49 mark. An Ali Doswell swish from three-point range pushed the lead back to 19 (34-15), and a JJ Daniell '19 triple at the 1:56 mark gave the Purple & White a 37-15 cushion. Ahyana Green hit the second of two free throws, before Eck and Ward exchanged baskets to set the score at 39-18 after three frames of action.
In the fourth quarter, Farmindale State outscored Amherst, 15-10 as Casey and Meghan Cleary each drilled three-pointers in the final stanza. Harrison added four points on a pair of made jumpers for the Rams in the final 10 minutes as the hosts pulled to within 16 points (49-33) at the end of the game. Hannah Fox '20, Nagle, Sullivan, and Cam Hendricks '20 each made buckets in the fourth quarter for Amherst.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Ali Doswell led all players with 11 points on 4-for-10 shooting from the field including a 3-for-6 effort from three-point range. Renner added nine points and dished out four assists, while Sullivan led all players off the bench with an eight-point, four rebound effort.
- Nagle and Eck were dominant on the glass as Nagle finished with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Eck hauled in nine boards. Meredith Doswell added three blocked shots, while Natalie Nardella '20 picked up six rebounds in the winning effort.
- Farmingdale State was led by Harrison who netted seven points, while Ward followed with six. Casey and Smith logged five points each and totaled nine and eight rebounds respectively.
- Amherst held a 59-43 advantage in rebounds, and a 24-14 difference in points in the paint. The Purple & White also outscored the Rams, 25-13 in points off the bench.