Athletics

Hardy, Voigt Key Jeff Win Over Conn. College

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NEW LONDON, Conn. - Jasmine Hardy ’13 and Marcia Voigt ’13 combined to score the Jeffs’ final 12 points as the seventh-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team edged out Connecticut College, 50-48.

Going 7-for-7 from the charity stripe, Hardy finished with 15 points, converting a crucial four-point play down the stretch that helped the Jeffs erase a five-point deficit in the final 3:38. Voigt knocked down all six of her free throws, including two with just 10 seconds remaining to finish with 13 points. Megan Robertson ’15 was the only other Jeff in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds on 5-of-8 shooting.

Carlee Smith ’15 hit three of her five attempts from the field leading Conn. College with 10 points, while Tara Gabelman ’14 chipped in with 10 points and three rebounds off the bench.

Tied at four in the early going, Gabelman and Lovett hit consecutive layups to give Conn. College an 8-4 edge, but Amherst answered with a 9-4 run, taking its first lead of the afternoon on a Voigt triple.

Up three after a pair of Hardy free throws, Robertson connected down low to stretch the Jeff margin to 19-14, but consecutive Gabelman jumpers to close out the half pulled the Camels within one at the intermission.

Opening the second half scoring with baskets on its first two possessions, Conn. College took a 22-19 lead before Bridget Crowley ’13 put Amherst back on the board with a bucket at 18:06.

Tied at 36-36 with just under nine to play, Gabelman kicked off a 6-0 Camel spurt that gave the home team its largest lead of the afternoon. Trailing by five with 4:05 to play, Hardy converted a four-point play, hitting a free throw after her second trey of the game. After a Camel turnover, senior guard kept the Jeffs surging, knifing into the lane for two to put the visitors back on top.

Hitting a pair of free throws at 2:13 to extend the cushion to 46-43, Voigt converted a layup before burying two more from the line with just 10 seconds to play to help seal the Amherst win.

Shooting just 33.3 percent (16-of-48), the Jeffs once again relied on their defense to help carry the day, helping to force 23 Camel turnovers, while holding Conn. College to a 36.0 percent shooting percentage (18-for-50).

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at Farmingdale State.

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