HARTFORD, Conn. – The No. 2/2 Amherst College women's basketball team used a game-high 19 point effort from Meredith Doswell '17 and the Purple & White scored 28 points in the third quarter to help the visitors pull away to a convincing 85-44 victory over Trinity College Saturday afternoon in Hartford, Conn.
With the win, Amherst improves to 20-0 on the season, 6-0 in NESCAC action, while Trinity moves to 11-7 on the season, 2-4 in league play. The Purple & White return to play Friday, Feb. 3 when they travel to Bates College for a 7 p.m. tilt in Lewiston, Maine.
In the opening stanza, Meredith Doswell swished a trey to begin the scoring for Amherst and scored the visitors' first five points en route to nine in the first 10 minutes as the Purple & White held an 18-11 advantage after one quarter. Emma McCarthy '19 added six points on 3-for-5 shooting in the frame to help Amherst stake its 11-point lead, while Peace Kabari came off the bench to score a team-best six points in the quarter for Trinity.
Amherst began to pull away in the second quarter, outscoring the Bantams, 20-7 in the second session led by a six-point effort from Jackie Nagle '17 who hit all three of her shots, while Meredith Doswell contributed five points to help the Purple & White stake a 38-18 lead at intermission.
The third quarter saw Amherst explode for 28 points as the visitors shot 64.7% from the field led by Ali Doswell's '17 nine points in the frame. Meredith Doswell added five more points, Hannah Hackley '18 notched two points, and five others had two points each to help the Purple & White balloon their advantage to 66-33 after 30 minutes of play.
In the final frame, JJ Daniell '19 and Hannah Fox '20 each totaled five points highlighted by a trey each, while Nagle finished with four points. Jenna Schumacher '19 added a three-pointer of her own, and Meghan Sullivan '19 hit a pair of free throws to help Amherst outscore the Bantams, 19-11 in the quarter. Aubree Udell led Trinity with four points including a three-pointer, while Meghan Collins, Kabari and Erica Junquet each provided a bucket in the period.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Meredith Doswell finished 6-for-7 from the field, 2-for-3 from three-point range, and 5-for-6 from the foul line en route to her 19 points. Ali Doswell added 12 points and dished out five assists, while Nagle chipped in 12 points, four blocked shots, and five rebounds off the bench.
- McCarthy added 10 points and five rebounds and five boards as Amherst shot 55.9% from the floor and 41.2% from three-point range.
- Courtney Erickson led Trinity with 16 points, while Kabari scored 11 points in the losing effort. Erin Cunningham led all players with seven boards, while Kabari followed with six rebounds. The Bantams were held to 26.4% shooting from the field and 14.3% from beyond-the-arc.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Ali Doswell, who has totaled 1,408 points for her career, is now just six points shy of setting a new program record in scoring, and is just two three-pointers away from setting the new high-water mark in that category.