Athletics

Balanced Attack Propels Jeffs Past Kean

Contact: Ben Badua

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UNION, N.J. - Five different Jeffs scored in double figures as the fourth-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team cruised to an 81-53 victory over Kean University at Harwood Arena.

Improving to 15-0 on the season, the Jeffs closed out the game on a 25-11 run, scoring 16-straight points, while holding Kean scoreless for a 6:03 stretch in the second half.

Marcia Voigt ’13 netted a team-high 20 points on 7-for-15 shooting, falling three shy of matching a career-best. Bridget Crowley ’13 hit six of her 10 attempts from the floor, finishing with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Megan Robertson ’15 added 12 points and five boards.

Jasmine Hardy ’13 connected on five three-pointers for 15 points, while also setting single-game benchmarks with 10 rebounds and seven assists. Savannah Holness ’15 rounded out the list of Jeffs in double digits with 10 points and eight boards.

Erika Jones ’13 paced Kean with a game-high 34 points and 12 rebounds, while AnnaRose Pierre ’15 and Shay Collins ’15 combined for 12 points and 10 assists.

Trailing 7-4 in the early going, Amherst netted 12 unanswered points, with Hardy knocking down a pair of treys during the run. Pierre ended Kean’s 4:22 field-goal drought with a jumper at 12:06, but a Crowley layup coupled with a pair of Voigt free throws upped the margin to 20-9.

Down 10 with under eight minutes to go in the first, Jones drained a three-pointer before Pierre once again connected down low to cut the Cougar deficit in half. Scoring six of the game’s next eight points, Jones pulled Kean within one at 26-25, but a Crowley layup followed by a Voigt trey put the Jeffs back up six. Holding onto a four-point margin, Robertson kick-started an 11-3 Amherst run to close out the half with the visitors building an 42-30 cushion on a Voigt triple from the left wing.

Opening up the scoring in the second with another three, Voigt gave the Jeffs a 45-30 lead before Crowley added to the tally with a jumper at the 17:47. Kyanne Sager ’13 put the Cougars back on the board with a layup nearly four minutes into the stanza, but Amherst responded with a 7-1 run to open up 54-33 lead with 13:50 to play.

Battling back, Jones netted the next four points, spearheading a 9-2 Kean rally that trimmed the deficit to 14. From there it was all Amherst, with the Purple & White scoring 16-straight over the next 6:03 to put the game out of reach. Hardy got the decisive run started with a triple before Holness netted four of the next seven points to make it 64-42.

Hardy buried another from behind the arc to extend the margin to 27 before a Holness layup and a pair of Haley Zwecker ’16 free throws made it 73-42. Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 closed out the stretch with a basket 5:21 before Pierre ended Kean’s six-minute scoreless streak with a jumper with just over five minutes to play.

Hitting 45.3 percent (29-for-64) of its field-goal attempts, Amherst posted its second-highest shooting percentage of the season, while limiting the Cougars’ to an 18-for-64 (28.1 percent) showing from the field. Holding a big 53-32 rebounding edge, the Jeffs also dominated play in the low post, outscoring Kean 30-14 in the paint and 19-7 in second chance points.

Amherst returns to action on Friday, Jan. 18 against Bowdoin.

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