AMHERST, Mass. – Top-seeded Amherst College women's basketball used a game-best, 19-point, nine-rebound effort from Emma McCarthy '19 to help propel the Purple & White to a 76-35 victory over eighth-seeded Bates College in Saturday's NESCAC Championship Quarterfinal at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 25-0 on the season and advances to the semifinals for the 10th consecutive season. Bates concludes its season 8-16 overall. The Purple & White will host No. 5 Colby College at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25 at LeFrak Gymnasium. The other semifinal will feature No. 2 Tufts University versus No. 3 Bowdoin College at 4 p.m. The winners will meet at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26 in the NESCAC title game.
After scoring the first four points of the game thanks to an Allie Coppola jumper and two free throws by Lyse Henshaw, Bates was held to just one point for the rest of the first quarter as Amherst outscored the Bobcats, 22-1 over a nine minute span. Meredith Doswell '17 netted eight points, including 4-for-6 from the free throw line, while Madeline Eck '20 added six points in the first quarter.
In a tightly contested second frame, McCarthy led the hosts with 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor, while Meghan Sullivan '19 added six points. Coppola scored seven of Bates' 19 points in the period, while Carly Christofi added five as the Bobcats trailed 43-24 at intermission.
The Purple & White played dominant defense in the third quarter, allowing just one bucket from Coppola and Christofi as Amherst outscored the Bobcats, 17-4 in the session to open up a 60-28 advantage. Meredith Doswell scored five points, while McCarthy, and Jackie Nagle '18 added four points each in the frame.
Maeve McNamara '19 helped Amherst continue its surge in the final stanza, scoring six of the team's 16 points, swishing a pair of treys, to help give the Purple & White a 76-35 win. Hannah Fox '20 and Sullivan each added a strike from long distance to help close out the win.
BY THE NUMBERS
- McCarthy finished with 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting from the field and hauled in a game-best nine rebounds and blocked two shots. Meredith Doswell followed with 13 points, six rebounds and two blocks, while Eck contributed 10 points, and swatted a pair of shots.
- Off the bench, Sullivan netted nine points, while McNamara and Natalie Nardella '20 followed with eight and seven points respectively. Fox and Sullivan added three steals each, while Nardella blocked a pair of shots.
- Amherst shot 47.6% from the floor, and 35.3% from three-point range, while Bates was held to 19% shooting from the field, and 30% efficiency from beyond-the-arc.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst and Colby last met Jan. 21 in Waterville, Maine with the Purple & White claiming a 69-43 victory.
- The teams last met in the NESCAC tournament in 2014-15 with Amherst notching a 62-40 victory in the quarterfinals.