Robertson Shines in 77-55 Win Over Williams

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Megan Robertson '15 had 21 points and a
career-high 17 rebounds against Williams.

Contact: Justin Long

AMHERST, Mass. – Megan Robertson '15 scored 21 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds in only 25 minutes of action during the top-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team's 77-55 win over Williams College Friday night in LeFrak Gymnasium.

Amherst (23-0, 9-0 NESCAC) set a new conference record with its 32nd consecutive win in NESCAC play, surpassing Bowdoin College’s previous mark of 31. The Lord Jeffs also pushed their overall win streak to 42 games and their home unbeaten streak to 59.

With its 10th consecutive win over Williams (18-5, 5-4 NESCAC), Amherst secured the 2012 Little Three title with a 4-0 record against the Ephs and Wesleyan University.

Eight of Robertson’s 17 rebounds were on the offensive glass, while her 21 points came on 8-of-11 shooting. Marcia Voigt ’13 added 13 points on a 6-of-11 shooting night, as the Lord Jeffs held a 39-19 advantage in points off the bench.

The Ephs used a 5-0 run to take a 5-4 lead in the early going, but Shannon Finucane ’12 buried a three to ignite a 10-1 spurt that gave the Jeffs the lead for good. Amherst held a 19-13 advantage at the 10-minute mark, but Robertson and Voigt scored seven of the team’s next nine points to make it a 28-13 game with 7:41 to play.

Amherst led by at least 12 for the remainder of the first half, with Jackie Renner ’12 closing things out on a fast-break layup that beat the buzzer. Robertson had already recorded a double-double by halftime (11, 11), as the Jeffs held a commanding 35-13 edge on the glass in the opening period.

Williams scored nine of the first 12 points of the second half, but Robertson got the Jeffs back on track when she blocked a shot and converted a three-point play down at the other end. Bridget Crowley ’13 capped off a 10-0 Lord Jeff run that pushed their lead to a game-high 25 points (72-47) with 5:32 remaining. Amherst scored only five more points but led by at least 20 the rest of the way.

Voigt added five rebounds and a career-high seven assists in one of her best performances of the season, while Robertson accounted for three of Amherst’s nine blocks.

Danny Rainer led Williams with 15 points thanks to outstanding play in the paint, while Grace Rehnquist knocked down all six of her free throws en route to 13 points. The Ephs shot only 22.9 percent in the first half and 28.1 percent for the game.  

Both teams will return to action tomorrow at 2 p.m. Amherst will host Middlebury College, while the Ephs will travel to take on Trinity.

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