AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 4/2 Amherst College women's basketball team scored the first 23 points of its game Saturday as the Purple & White cruised to a decisive 72-33 non-conference win over Bridgewater State University at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Bridgewater State: 2-5
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Amherst outscored the Bears 49-8 in the first and third quarters, while Bridgewater State held a slight 25-23 edge in second and fourth quarter action.
- Two players scored in double-figures for the Purple & White – Marley Giddins '16 and Hannah Hackley '17 – as Amherst shot 39.3% (24-61) from the floor. Giddins posted a game-high 15 points and Hackley added 13 and six rebounds. Meredith Doswell '17 led all players with eight boards, while Jackie Nagle '18 grabbed seven and Cheyenne Pritchard '16 pulled in six. Amherst controlled the glass with a commanding 52-29 edge in rebounding, and also scored 32 points in the paint compared to eight from Bridgewater State.
- Ali Doswell '17 dished out a game-high six assists and Meredith Doswell tied a career-high with five steals.
- The Bears did not have one player in double-figures as they were led by Danielle Arcidiacono's eight points, while Chanelle Melton and Megan Ianiro added seven each. Melton also grabbed seven rebounds and recorded four steals, and Stephanie DeSantis recorded a team-high two assists.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- The first quarter was all Amherst as the home team shut out the Bears, 23-0 and held a 16-4 edge in rebounding.
- After being held scoreless in the first 10 minutes of action, Bridgewater State came out strong in the second stanza and snapped Amherst's run within the opening seconds after a jumper by Arcidiacono.
- The Bears got within 19 during a competitive, 14-14 second quarter, but the deficit was too large to overcome as Amherst held a 37-14 lead at the break.
- Ali Doswell led all players at halftime with nine points, while Arcidiacono registered a team-high five for the visitor's.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS
- Much like the first quarter, Amherst cruised during the first 10 minutes of the second half and opened the third quarter on an 11-0 run. Following a lay-up by Giddins at the 7:17 mark, Amherst held a commanding 48-14 lead.
- The Purple & White outscored the Bears, 26-8 during the third.
- Bridgewater State hit two three-pointers on its first two possessions of the fourth quarter, and outscored Amherst 11-9 in the final 10 minutes, but the home team walked away with a 39-point win.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst's consecutive home winning streak has now reached 115 games as the Purple & White have outscored opponents, 382-173 in five home contests this season.
- Amherst returns to the court Wednesday, Dec. 9 and will head on the road for a non-conference matchup against Rhode Island College at 7 p.m.
- Bridgewater State is back in action Tuesday, Dec. 8 for a road game against Tufts University at 7:30 p.m.