No. 4 Amherst Defeats Little Three Rival Wesleyan, 71-30

No. 4 Amherst Defeats Little Three Rival Wesleyan, 71-30

AMHERST, Mass. – Ali Doswell '17 recorded a game-high 17 points as the fourth-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team cruised to a commanding 71-30 win over Little Three rival Wesleyan University Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup at LeFrak Gymnasium.

RECORDS
Amherst: 3-0
Wesleyan: 2-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Amherst's defense caused problems for the Cardinals all game long and held them scoreless from downtown (0-10), while forcing 23 turnovers. Wesleyan also shot just 20.8% (10-48) from the floor and 47.6% (10-21) from the free throw line.
  • Doswell was the only scorer in double figures as she went 7-for-13 from the floor and 3-for-8 from beyond-the-arc. She also grabbed five rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists. Meghan Sullivan '19 added nine points, while Meredith Doswell '17 and Jackie Nagle '18 chipped in with eight each. Meredith Doswell and Jenna Schumacher '19 led the team with six rebounds apiece.
  • As a team, Amherst shot 44.6% (25-56) from the floor, 41.7% (10-24) from three-point range, and 64.7% (11-17) from the charity stripe. The Purple & White held a 43-32 edge in rebounding, and capitalized off Wesleyan's mistakes with 30 points off turnovers.
  • Maddie Bledsoe led Wesleyan with six points, while three others scored five each. Kaylie Williams led all players with eight rebounds.

FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • For the third straight game, Amherst came out hot and jumped out to an early 11-0 lead within the first 4:42 of play.
  • A jumper by Maeve Vitale a minute later cut the deficit to nine, but the Purple & White scored four straight to go ahead by 13.
  • With the clock running down in the first quarter, Haley Zwecker '16 cut to the basket and made an impressive lay-up right before the buzzer as Amherst took a 17-4 lead after the first 10 minutes of action.
  • Amherst opened the second quarter on a 15-1 run to go ahead, 32-5 with 5:05 to play before the break.
  • Tara Berger hit a jumper at the 2:46 mark, but Wesleyan would be held scoreless the rest of the half as a three-pointer by Ali Doswell in the final seconds gave the home team a 41-14 halftime lead.

SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS

  • Amherst scored the first eight points of the second half to go ahead by 35 just 3:45 into the third quarter.
  • The Purple & White continued to increase its lead and a lay-up by Meghan Sullivan '19 with 28 seconds remaining put Amherst up, 58-18 after three quarters.
  • The fourth quarter was a much more even contest as Amherst outscored its Little Three foe, 13-12.
  • Nagle led all Amherst players in the final 10 minutes with five points, while her and Schumacher tallied five rebounds each.
  • Williams scored four points for the Cardinals in the fourth quarter to lead the visitor's down the stretch.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Amherst has now won 113 consecutive games at LeFrak Gymnasium dating back to the 2008-09 season. 

UP NEXT

  • Amherst is off for a week and will return to action Tuesday, Dec. 1 for another non-conference home game against Emmanuel. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
  • Wesleyan returns to the court Sunday, Nov. 29 and will host the University of St. Joseph at 2 p.m.