Strong Second Half Propels Jeffs Past Hamilton

Contact: Ben Badua


CLINTON, N.Y. - Savannah Holness ’15 poured in a career-high 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting as the sixth-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team used a big second half to rally past Hamilton College 50-43 at Scott Field House.

Shooting just 17.4 percent (4-for-23) over the first 20 minutes, the Amherst offense came alive in the second, connecting on 48.3 percent (14-for-29) of its attempts, erasing an 11-point halftime deficit by outscoring Hamilton 38-20 after the intermission.

Marcia Voigt ’13 netted 14 of her 16 points in the second half, while pulling down five rebounds and handing out four assists. Bridget Crowley ’13 grabbed a team-high 10 boards, while Megan Robertson ’15 had nine rebounds and three blocks.

Samantha Graber ’16 was the only Continental in double figures, scoring 12 points on 5-for-15 shooting. Madie Harlem ’13 added eight points and four assists, while Kim Goidell ’13 and Eliza Howe ’13 each finished with seven points.

Down 4-0, Holness put the Jeffs on the board with a layup just over four minutes after the opening tip. Graber answered with a three-pointer on the other end, but Holness kept the visitors within striking distance, knocking down a pair from the charity stripe before later draining a jumper to cut margin to 9-6.

With Hamilton scoring six of the game’s next eight points, Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 ended a 7:19 Jeff field-goal drought with a layup at 5:52. The Continentals responded with six-straight before Voigt netted just the visitors’ fourth field-goal of the frame.

After Graber opened up the second half scoring with a layup that made it 25-12, Robertson bookended a 6-2 Amherst spurt that pulled the Jeffs back within nine. Voigt kept the Purple & White rolling by converting a pair from the charity stripe, before Howe momentarily stemmed the tide with a basket at 15:43.

Voigt came right back down and drained a three-pointer to cut the margin to 29-25, before hitting another jumper at 13:08 to make it a four-point game. Harlem answered with a bucket of her own to give Hamilton a six-point cushion, but the surging Jeffs rattled off a 12-2 run over the next 5:36, going up 37-33 on a pair of Holness free throws. Voigt and Holness combined for 11 of the Jeffs’ points during the decisive run, with the Continentals managing just one field goal during the stretch.

Still up four with just over five and a half minutes to play, Holness scored four of the game’s next seven points before Dani Feigin ’14 converted Hamilton’s first basket in 6:28. A Haley Zwecker ’16 free throw then made it 46-38 before a Voigt jumper gave the Jeffs their first double-digit lead with just over two minutes to play.

Finishing with a 42-33 rebounding edge Amherst held a 14-9 advantage in second chance points, while also outscoring Hamilton 22-20 in the paint. Helping to force 15 Continental turnovers, the consistently stingy Jeff defense held an opponent to under 35.0 percent shooting for the eighth time this season, surrendering just 17 field goals on 55 attempts (30.9 percent).

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Monday, Jan. 14 at Kean.