Voigt, Robertson Key Win Over Bates
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Marcia Voigt ’13 poured in a game-high 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting to lead the fourth-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team to a decisive 79-52 win over Bates.
Knocking down four of her six attempts from behind the arc, Voigt added eight assists, six rebounds and three steals as the Jeffs (21-0, 7-0 NESCAC) extended their win streak over the Bobcats to seven dating back to the 2006-07 season.
Megan Robertson ’15 posted her seventh double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds, also becoming just the fifth player in program history to record 100 career blocks. Savannah Holness ’15 rounded out the group of Jeffs in double figures with 11 points thanks in part to a 7-for-8 showing from the free throw line.
Molly Brown ’15 was the lone Bobcat in double digits with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting, while Brianna Hawkins ’13 and Taryn O’Connell ’13 each finished with seven.
Jumping out to an early lead, Amherst connected on four of its first six three-pointers, building a 19-4 lead on a Voigt trey at the 13:34 mark of the first. With Bates paring the lead to eight after an 8-4 run capped off by a Brown trey, Amherst scored seven unanswered, going back up 15 on Voigt’s third triple of the game. Up 33-22 with less than five to go in the first, the Jeffs closed out the half on a 12-6 run, going up as much as 19 on a Robertson layup in the waning moments of the period.
Holding onto a 47-30 margin after the opening minute of the second, Amherst rattled off a 20-7 run over the next eight minutes to really break the game open. Hardy got things started with a triple before a Robertson netted four of the Jeffs’ next six points to make it 56-34.
Hardy struck again from long distance just under the 16-minute mark before consecutive Holness and Bridget Crowley ’13 layups stretched the lead to 28. Brown buried Bates’ first field goal in three-plus minutes at 13:07, before Haley Zwecker ’16 and Holness capped off the Purple & White’s dominant stretch with back-to-back jumpers that made it 67-37.
Shooting 50.0 percent (31-for-62) from the floor, Amherst was even better from beyond the arc, hitting on 52.9 percent (9-for-17) of its attempts. The NESCAC’s best rebounding team, the Jeffs once again won the battle on the boards, holding a 38-26 rebounding edge, while outscoring Bates 15-6 in second chance points.
Amherst will put its undefeated record on the line on Saturday, Feb. 2 when it hosts fellow unbeaten No. 5 Tufts University at 4 p.m. in LeFrak.