Women's Basketball

2016-17 REC: 33-0; NESCAC: 10-0; NR: 1/1 NATIONAL TITLES: 2; FINAL FOURS: 7 NESCAC TITLES: 7 ('08, '10-'13, '16-'17)

No. 1 Women's Basketball Surges Past No. 5 Colby, Advances to NESCAC Final

No. 1 Women's Basketball Surges Past No. 5 Colby, Advances to NESCAC Final

AMHERST, Mass. – The top-seeded Amherst College women's basketball team used a 19-point third quarter to help the Purple & White secure a 55-33 victory over fifth-seeded Colby College in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC Championship Semifinal contest at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the win, Amherst improves to 26-0 on the season and advances to the NESCAC finals for the ninth time in program history. Colby concludes its season 13-12 overall. Amherst will take on second-seeded Tufts University (25-1) in the NESCAC title game Sunday at 12 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.

In a tightly contested first five minutes, Colby earned its only lead of the game, 8-6, before the Purple & White netted 11 more points to outscore the Mules, 17-8 in the first quarter. Emma McCarthy '19 and Hannah Hackley '18 netted six points each in the opening stanza.

In the second quarter, McCarthy was 3-for-4 from the foul line, while Jackie Nagle '18 and Natalie Nardella '20 each contributed a bucket and a free throw to help extend the Purple & White's lead to 26-14 at intermission. Colby's Caitlyn Nolan netted four of the team's six points in the second frame. 

Amherst dominated the third quarter, netting 10 points in a four minute span behind two Ali Doswell '17 trey's, a Jaimie Renner '17 drive to rim, and two McCarthy layups. For the Mules, MK Caverly notched two buckets behind the arc in the frame. 

In the fourth quarter, Maeve McNamara '19 and Nardella added a strike from long distance to combine for six of the team's final eight points to help secure the 55-33 win.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • McCarthy finished with a game-high 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field and added five rebounds to go along with three blocks, while Ali Doswell netted eight points and added six rebounds in the win.
  • Off the bench, Nardella chipped in with six points and two blocks, while Madeline Eck '20 notched five points and grabbed four rebounds.
  • The Purple & White shot 47.7% from the floor, and 40% from beyond the arch, while the Mules were held to 21.7% shooting from the floor.
  • Colby was led by Caverly who scored 13 points while Ainsley Burns pulled in a game-best eight boards.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Amherst and Tufts last met Feb. 4 in Medford, Mass. with the Purple & White securing the 36-35 victory.
  • The teams last met in the NESCAC tournament in 2015-16 with Amherst claiming the 50-49 victory to secure the program's sixth conference crown.