Perfect Robertson Leads Jeffs Past Rams, 72-48

Contact: Matthew Hart

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Megan Robertson ’15 shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the floor and 5-of-5 from the line, tallying game-highs of 25 points, nine rebounds and four blocks as the sixth-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team used a big second-half run to pull away for a 72-48 win at Farmingdale State College Tuesday.

Missing her career scoring high by one point, Robertson’s immaculate night allowed Amherst (13-0) to overcome an otherwise pedestrian offensive performance as the team shot 42 percent (27-of-64) from the field but helped its cause with ten three-pointers, 23 assists and a 44-27 rebounding edge.

Also reaching double figures for the Jeffs were Jasmine Hardy ’13 and Marcia Voigt ’13 with 14 and 11 points, respectively, while Hardy also matched her career best with six assists. Nikita Green led the Rams (4-5) with 15 points and Nicky Young added 14.

After a low-scoring weekend of NESCAC play, the Amherst offense came out hot on Tuesday, with Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 nailing a three-pointer to give the Jeffs an 18-7 lead and force a Ram timeout just over four minutes into the contest. Farmingdale would not go quietly, however, posting a 9-2 run and cutting the Amherst lead to four at 20-16 on an Aries Adams layup midway through the period.

The Jeffs would not let their hosts get any closer during the remainder of the half, however, gradually increasing their lead until Hardy’s triple with 4:33 remaining made it a ten-point game at 29-19 and Amherst eventually took a 36-26 advantage into the locker room thanks in large part to Robertson’s 15 points during the half.

Farmingdale cut into the Amherst lead again to begin the second stanza, with Young’s old-fashioned three-point play making it a 38-35 game just over three minutes into the period. Undeterred, Amherst took over the contest as Robertson scored eight points during a decisive 16-0 run, her layup with 12:08 to play putting Amherst up 54-35.

The Jeffs kept their lead at no less than 16 for the duration of the matchup, a Virginia Hassell ’16 rainmaker putting Amherst up 61-39 with 8:36 to go before Taylor Smith ’15 netted her first collegiate points with a layup and free throw in the closing minutes.

The Jeffs return to NESCAC play this weekend, traveling to Hamilton College for an 8 p.m. clash on Friday, Jan. 11.

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