Jeffs Shut Down Farmingdale in First Round, 67-39
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. – Bridget Crowley ’13 tallied 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Amherst College women’s basketball team to a 67-39 win over Farmingdale State College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship Friday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Shooting 48.1 percent from the floor, Amherst led by double digits from the opening minutes onward as the Jeffs (27-1) advance to face University of New England (25-4) in second-round play Saturday at 6 p.m. The Nor’Easters were 67-58 winners over Bridgewater State University in the night’s first contest.
Shooting 9-for-12 from the floor, Crowley added four assists and a career high-tying four blocks to her double-double. Megan Robertson ’15 chipped in 12 points for Amherst while Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 added 11 points and led a strong perimeter defensive effort for the Jeffs as she tied her career best with five steals.
Farmingdale State wraps up its season at 12-13 after winning the Skyline Conference title to advance to the national tournament. Nikita Green ’13 led the Rams with 16 points while Siohban Purvis ’13 and Lushanta Savadel ’14 each grabbed six rebounds.
Controlling from the start, Amherst shut down Farmingdale State’s dribble-drive offense and jumped out to a 17-1 lead on Crowley’s fast-break finish with 14:11 remaining in the first half. With the Jeff defense dominant in the early-going, the Rams’ first field goal finally came with 13:17 to go, but the hosts built a 21-3 advantage on a pair of Marcia Voigt ’13 free throws a minute-plus later.
Amherst went cold near the midway point of the half, however, allowing Farmingdale to run off a 14-6 spurt and claw within 10 points at 27-17 as Green scored 10 during the five-minute span. Leading 29-19 with 5:24 to go, the Jeffs took over once again, holding the Rams without a field goal for the remainder of the period and taking a 39-20 lead into the locker room. Amherst stifled FSC to 20.8 percent shooting (5-for-24) over the opening frame as Green was the only Ram to connect on a field goal in the first 20 minutes.
After Savadel scored to open the second half, Amherst built its lead to 20 on a Voigt three-pointer and didn’t look back. With Robertson and Voigt resting for the bulk of the period, the lead swelled to 29 at 61-32 on a Haley Zwecker ’16 layup with 8:11 remaining. Leading the Jeffs’ second unit, Zwecker finished with six points, five boards and three assists. Jasmine Hardy ’13 led Amherst with five assists to go with nine points and four rebounds.
After out-rebounding the Rams by a 40-26 margin, Amherst will look to control the paint again tomorrow. The Jeffs will have their hands full with UNE forwards Beth Suggs ’13 and Kelly Coleman ’15 who each posted double-doubles in the Nor’Easters' win, with Suggs scoring a game-high 26 points.
Tipoff for the second-round battle is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket prices are $6 for adults, $3 for students, seniors and children.