AMHERST, Mass. – Emma McCarthy '19 netted a team-high 16 points and collected a game-best 13 rebounds to help lift the No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team to an 85-45 non-league win over Lehman College Monday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 18-0 on the season, while Lehman moves to 10-8 overall. Amherst returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 25 when it travels to Little III archrival Williams College at 7 p.m.
Lehman got off to a quick, 3-0 lead when Lynda Field hit the second of two free throws, before Marika Gordon notched a basket in the paint to give the Lightning an early advantage. Amherst answered as Ali Doswell '17 powered in a layup and then swished a trey. An offensive rebound and put-back by the Richmond, Va. native extended the lead to 7-3 at the 8:10 mark of the first period, before a triple from Hannah Hackley '18 at the 6:58 mark extended the cushion to five (12-7). A Lisa Fields layup with one minute remaining in the period pulled Lehman to within 19-11, but a layup by Madeline Eck '20, followed by a Cam Hendricks '20 three-pointer made it 24-11 after 10 minutes of action.
A back-and-forth second quarter saw the Purple & White edge the Lightning, 15-13 in points as McCarthy netted seven in the stanza, thanks to a 5-for-6 effort from the free throw line. Eck added four points, while Jackie Nagle '17 and Ali Doswell accounted for two each. Lehman used six points Amely Del Rosario and five from Selima Sangare to highlight the Lightning's effort, while Gordon added a bucket as Amherst held a 39-24 lead at intermission.
The Purple & White came out of the break on fire, hitting 10-of-20 shots in the third quarter en route to 26 points. McCarthy was 3-for-3 from the floor and finished the quarter with six points, while Ali Doswell added five points, including a trey. Eck added four points off the bench, while Meredith Doswell '17, Hendricks, and Hannah Fox '20 each hit three-pointers in the third quarter.
Nagle helped the hosts pull away to the convincing victory with a 10-point effort in the fourth stanza on the strength of 5-for-6 shooting from the field. Meghan Sullivan '19 and Fox each canned a three-pointer, while Eck once again contributed four points in the final 10 minutes to help the Purple & White seal the 40-point 85-45 victory. Rosario led Lehman in the fourth quarter with six points while Sangare and Gordon registered a bucket each.
BY THE NUMBERS
- McCarthy was 5-for-7 from the field, and 6-for-10 from the free throw line en route to 16 points and 13 rebounds. Ali Doswell finished with 14 points, six boards, two assists and two steals, while Eck and Nagle finished with 14 points apiece in reserve.
- Nagle added 10 rebounds, while Eck grabbed six boards. Jaimie Renner '17 dished out five assists, while Maeve McNamara '19 handed out three helpers.
- Amherst shot 43% from the floor and 32.3% from three-point range and held the Lightning to 25.8% shooting from the field and 7.1% from beyond-the-arc.
- Rosario scored a game-best 21 points, while Sangare added 11. Gordon finished with eight points, while Lynda Fields and Shakia Artist scored three and two points respectively. Artist hauled in 10 rebounds, while Lynda Fields, Rosario and Gordon pulled down five rebounds each.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Ali Doswell has now scored 1,386 points in her career at Amherst and is 27 points shy of Liz Garner's '89 program record of 1,413 points.
- She is also three treys away from tying Shannon Russell's '04 program record mark of 249 made three-pointers.