AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team had three starters score in double figures, and Purple & White reserves outscored Wesleyan University, 30-10 to help pace the hosts to a 71-33 win over the Cardinals in Friday evening's NESCAC tilt at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 14-0 on the season, 2-0 in league action, while Wesleyan moves to 5-8 overall, 0-3 in NESCAC play. The Purple & White return to LeFrak Gymnasium tomorrow afternoon when they host Conn. College in a NESCAC bout beginning at 3 p.m.
Early in the first quarter, the sides played to a 4-4 tie before Emma McCarthy '19 swished a trey to give Amherst a 7-4 lead at the 7:19 mark. The Purple & White defense held Wesleyan to just two points for the next 6:05 as Amherst extended its lead to 16-6 with a Madeline Eck '20 layup. Kadijah Mathews hit a jumper to cut the Cardinals' deficit to 16-8 but a triple by Ali Doswell '17 with just four seconds on the clock gave the hosts a 19-8 lead after one period.
After scoring the opening basket through a JJ Daniell '19 early in the second quarter, Wesleyan scored the next five points as Danielle Gervacio powered in a layup, before Olivia Gorman converted a three-point play to set the score at 21-13 at the 8:16 mark. The Purple & White responded with a 13-0 run to balloon the lead to 34-13 as Ali Doswell completed a three-point play of her own to cap the run. Meredith Doswell '17 and Hannah Hackley '18 each swished a pair of free throws, and Ali Doswell provided a layup to give Amherst a 40-19 advantage at intermission.
A strong third and fourth quarter defensively saw the Purple & White limit the Cardinals to just seven points in each stanza. McCarthy and Hackley each netted four points in the third frame, while Hannah Fox '20 canned a trey to highlight the session. The fourth quarter featured a six-point effort from Jackie Nagle '17, and five points from Meghan Sullivan '19 as the Purple & White pulled away to the 71-33 victory. Tara Berger led Wesleyan with three points in the third quarter, and four in the fourth.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Amherst was led by McCarthy who scored a team-high 11 points, while Hackley and Ali Doswell collected 10 points each. Ali Doswell and Hackley added eight and seven rebounds respectively, while Meredith Doswell finished with six points and five boards.
- Off the bench, Eck scored nine points and notched three steals, while Nagle finished with seven points, while Fox and Sullivan added five each.
- Amherst shot 35.1% from the field, and 80% from the free throw line highlighted by 4-for-4 efforts from Meredith Doswell and Hackley.
- The Purple & White forced 30 Wesleyan turnovers and scored 19 points off those miscues, in addition owning a 38-16 differential in points in the paint.
- The Cardinals, who shot just 23.3% from the floor and 52% from the stripe, received a game-high 12-point effort from Berger, while Gorman followed with six points off the bench. Maddie Bledsoe added five points for the Cardinals, while Berger and Chynna Bailey totaled seven and six rebounds respectively in the losing effort.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst defeated Wesleyan earlier this season, 56-30 in the Little III meeting between the teams in Middletown, Conn. on Nov. 22.
- The Purple & White, who defeated Williams College, 76-44 on Jan. 6 at LeFrak Gymnasium, will travel to the Ephs on Jan. 25 for a chance to secure the Little III title.