WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team clinched the 2016-17 Little III title with a 67-43 win over archrival Williams College Wednesday evening in Williamstown, Mass.
With the win, Amherst improves to 19-0 on the season, while Williams to 12-7 overall. The Purple & White return to NESCAC action Saturday, Jan. 28 at Trinity College at 3 p.m. in Hartford, Conn.
Amherst found its stride early, running out to a 19-5 advantage in the first quarter en route to posting a commanding, 24-9 advantage after 10 minutes of play. The Purple & White shot a staggering 61.1% from the field during the stanza as Jaimie Renner '17 led all players with eight points, while Ali Doswell '17 followed with five. Meredith Doswell '17 and Emma McCarthy '19 chipped in four points each, while Madeline Eck '20 nailed a trey off the bench.
The second quarter saw Amherst edge Williams, 16-15 in points as Hannah Hackley '18 led the visitors' charge with seven points which was highlighted by a three-pointer. Meredith Doswell added a trey of her own, while Renner, Eck and Jackie Nagle '17 each provided a bucket to help the Purple & White stake a 40-24 lead at intermission. The Ephs were led by Devon Caveney who scored five points in the second frame, while Kristin Fechtelkotter, Lydia Zaleski, Lexi Jones, Lauren Vostal and Emily Peckham each finished with two points.
The Purple & White continued to pull away with a strong third quarter, outscoring Williams, 21-7. Meredith Doswell sunk another trey and totaled seven points in the period, while Ali Doswell followed with five points. Eck and Maeve McNamara '19 also provided swishes from three-point range during the session to help give Amherst a commanding 61-31 cushion.
The Ephs held a 12-6 edge in points in the fourth stanza as Caveney and Emily Change notched four points each, while Zaleski and Vostal added two each.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Meredith Doswell finished with a game-high 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting including two three-pointers, while Renner, Ali Doswell, and Eck each contributed 10 points for the Purple & White.
- Meredith Doswell added a game-high 10 rebounds, while hackely finished with nine points in the winning effort. McCarthy and Ali Doswell dished out three assists each as the Purple & White shot 47.5% from the field, and 36.8% from three-point range in the contest.
- Caveney led Williams with 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the floor including a pair of treys, while Fechtelkotter and Zaleski chipped in eight points each. Vostal followed with seven points and four rebounds, while Fechtelkotter, Zaleski and Peckham each grabbed four boards.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Ali Doswell canned one trey Wednesday evening and now has 247 for her career. She is now just three triples shy of passing Shannon Russell's '04 career mark of 249 made three-pointers and becoming the program's all-time leader in the category.
- The Richmond, Va. native also has 1,396 career points and is just 18 points shy of setting the program record for points which is currently held by Liz Garner '89 who scored 1,413 during her career.
- Since taking the reins in 2007-08, head coach G.P. Gromacki has earned at least a share of the Little III title in each of his first 10 seasons, including outright titles eight times (2007-12, 2014-17). Amherst and Williams split the Little III crown in both 2012-13, and 2013-14.
- The Purple & White defeated Wesleyan University, 56-30 earlier this season on Nov. 22 in Little III action before clinching the title with tonight's win over the Ephs.