AMHERST, Mass. – Meredith Doswell '17 drained five treys and scored 18 points, while Hannah Fox '20 drilled four triples and finished with 14 points off the bench to help lift the No. 1/1 Amherst College women's basketball team to a 67-33 victory over NESCAC rival Middlebury College Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 23-0 on the season, 9-0 in league play, while Middlebury moves to 15-7 overall, 5-4 in conference action. The Purple & White conclude regular season action Saturday, Feb. 11 when it hosts Hamilton College at 3 p.m.
A tightly contested first quarter saw Amherst claim an 11-7 edge after late treys by Meghan Sullivan '19 and Meredith Doswell helped give the host its four-point advantage. In the second quarter, the Purple & White erupted for 24 points and their smothering defense held Middlebury to just two points as Amherst staked a 35-9 lead at intermission.
Ali Doswell '17 scored the first seven points of the second frame, before Kira Waldman hit a jumper with 4:20 on the clock for the Panthers to give the visitors their only points of the stanza. The Purple & White then converted five three-pointers including two each from Ali and Meredith Doswell, and one from Maeve McNamara '19 to help extend the hosts' cushion to 26 points.
Another strong defensive showing in the third quarter helped Amherst extend its lead to 49-9 as Meredith Doswell canned two more triples. A three-point play by Maya Davis at the 3:45 mark gave Middlebury its first points of the third quarter as the Panthers executed a 10-2 run to close out the period, highlighted by a trey from Rachel Collins with 10 seconds on the clock.
Fox was a perfect 4-for-4 from the field – all from beyond-the-arc – as she scored 12 of the team's 16 points in the fourth quarter. Natalie Nardella '20 and Sullivan added two points each, while Waldman led the way for Middlebury with five points in the quarter.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Meredith Doswell finished 6-of-10 from the field and 5-for-5 from three-point range en route to 18 points. She also hauled in a game-high 12 rebounds, dished out four assists and notched five steals.
- Ali Doswell collected 15 points and dished out five assists, while Sullivan added 11 points. Off the bench, Fox was tremendous, pouring in 14 points on 5-of-6 shooting including a 4-for-5 effort from downtown.
- Emma McCarthy '19 added nine rebounds, while JJ Daniell '19 added six boards in the win.
- Middlebury was led by Waldman who scored seven points, while Catherine Harrison and Lily Kuntz followed with six points each. Harrison added a team-best seven rebounds and blocked two shots, while Sabrina Weeks also blocked two shots for the Panthers.