Crowley Helps Jeffs to Big Win Over Trinity
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Bridget Crowley ’13 turned in a double-double with 13 points and a career-high 14 rebounds as the second-seeded Amherst women’s basketball team cruised to an 80-34 victory over seventh-seeded Trinity in NESCAC Championship quarterfinal action on Saturday afternoon.
Holding the Bantams without a field-goal over the final 11:16 of regulation, the Jeffs posted their largest margin of victory since last year’s NCAA Tournament opener against St. Joseph’s College (84-30). Scoring just 12 points in the second half, Trinity managed just two field-goals over the final 20 minutes, shooting 18.9 percent (10-for-53) from the floor - the lowest percentage Amherst has allowed this season.
Megan Robertson ’15 led all scorers with 22 points and seven rebounds, connecting on seven of her 11 shot attempts, while Jasmine Hardy ’13 finished with 14 points, knocking down 4-of-8 from long distance. Virginia Hassell ’16 and Savannah Holness ’15 combined for 12 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists off the bench.
Shantel Hanniford ’14 was the only Bantam in double figures, tallying 11 points and eight boards. Taylor Murtaugh ’14 chipped in with six points, while Hannah Brickley ’14 and Taylor Higgins ’15 each had five.
Jumping out to a fast start, Amherst opened up a 10-2 lead with a Hardy three-pointer just over two and a half minutes after the opening whistle. With the visitors back within five following a Huggins trey at 12:15, Amherst ripped off a 10-1 run, going up 29-15 on a Robertson layup. Hanniford scored in the paint for the Bantams’ first field-goal in five minutes, but the Jeffs responded with 15-0 run over the next 5:31 to build a 44-19 cushion.
Ahead 49-22 at the break, Amherst pieced together another big run, outscoring Trinity 16-5 over the first 7:36 of the second half to take a 65-27 lead. Hanniford and Higgins netted four-straight points to trim the margin to 65-31, but that was as close as the Bantams would get, with Amherst scoring 15 of the game’s final 18 points en route to a runaway victory.
Dominating the glass, Amherst (24-1) finished with a 54-33 rebounding edge, while holding an 11-5 advantage in second chance points and a 28-12 margin in points in the paint. By virtue of top-seeded Tufts’ 60-54 loss to eighth-seeded Bowdoin, the Jeffs will host next weekend’s championship rounds, beginning with a semifinal showdown with the Polar Bears.
2013 NESCAC Women’s Basketball Championship
Quarterfinals – Saturday, February 16 (at Higher Seeds)
No. 8 Bowdoin 60, No. 1 Tufts 54
No. 2 Amherst 80, No. 7 Trinity 34
No. 3 Williams 73, No. 6 Wesleyan 43
No. 4 Middlebury 75, No. 5 Bates 64
Semifinals – Saturday, February 23 (at Highest Remaining Seed)
No. 2 Amherst vs. No. 8 Bowdoin - 5:30 p.m.
No. 3 Williams vs. No. 4 Middlebury - 7:30 p.m.
Championship – Sunday, February 24