No. 3/2 Amherst Uses Strong Third Quarter to Pull Away From Colby, 62-37

No. 3/2 Amherst Uses Strong Third Quarter to Pull Away From Colby, 62-37

AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 3/2 Amherst College women's basketball team used a game-high 15 points from Jaimie Renner '17, and outscored Colby College, 19-7 in the third quarter to help the Purple & White pull away to a 62-37 victory over the Mules in Saturday afternoon's NESCAC contest at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Colby (10-7, 3-2 NESCAC)
Amherst (18-0, 5-0 NESCAC)


  • Holding a slim, 28-24 lead at intermission, Amherst outscored Colby, 19-7 in the third quarter backed by seven points each from Renner and Ali Doswell '17 to give the Purple & White a 16-point, 47-31 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.
  • Renner led all players in scoring with 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, while Ali Doswell followed with 14 points. Hannah Hackley '18 chipped in 10 points, while Meredith Doswell '17 netted eight points, tied for the game-high in rebounds with eight, and notched three steals.
  • Renner added five steals and four boards, while Jackie Nagle '18 (five rebounds), and Cheyenne Pritchard '16 (seven points, four steals) played well off the bench for Amherst.
  • The Mules were led by a 13-point effort from Carylanne Wolfington who finished with 13 points and seven boards. Haley Driscoll tied the game-high in rebounds with eight, while Desi Smith and MaryKate Caverly chipped in six and five points respectively. Caitlyn Nolan contributed five of Colby's seven points off the bench.


  • A back-and-forth first stanza saw the Purple & White hold a 13-8 edge as Hackley and Wolfington scored five points each in the first 10 minutes. Renner and Meredith Doswell added four points apiece to help Amherst to its five point lead.
  • In the second quarter, Colby closed to within one of Amherst three times, before Wolfington swished the backend of two free throws to knot the game at 18-18 with 4:17 remaining in the frame.
  • A Meredith Doswell jumper with 59 seconds on the clock lifted the hosts cushion to five (26-21), before Smith canned a three-pointer to pull the Mules to within two at 26-24 with 46 seconds left in the half.
  • Twenty-two seconds later, Pritchard drained a pair of free throws to give the Purple & White a 28-24 lead at the break.


  • Just over a minute into the third quarter, Renner knocked down a triple to set the tone for the frame.
  • A layup by Driscoll with 7:04 left in the period pulled Colby to within three (33-30), but Amherst scored 14 of the next 15 points, highlighted by three-pointers from Hackley and Ali Doswell to help Amherst stake a 47-31 lead.
  • In the fourth quarter, Pritchard powered in a bucket underneath, and then made a beautiful steal on the sideline and fed the ball to a sprinting Renner who converted the fast-break bucket to give the Purple & White a commanding 51-31 cushion.
  • From there, Amherst didn't look back as it outscored the visitors, 15-6 in the final 10 minutes to complete the 62-37 victory.


  • Amherst has now won 118 games in a row at home, and extends its season unbeaten mark to 18 games. 


  • The Purple & White return to the hardwood Wednesday, Jan. 27 when they host NESCAC and Little III rival Williams College in non-league play at 7 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
  • Colby is back in action Tuesday, Jan. 26, when it hosts Maine-Farmington at 7 p.m. in non-conference play in Waterville, Maine.