Jeffs Open Season With 67-42 Win Over Brooklyn

Contact: Ben Badua


AMHERST, Mass. - Bridget Crowley ’13 poured in a game-high 22 points on 11-for-18 shooting to lead the women’s basketball team to a decisive 67-42 season-opening win over Brooklyn College in the Fifth Annual Amherst Tip-Off Tournament.

Also pulling down 12 rebounds, Crowley put together a solid all-around effort, adding five assists and two blocks. Megan Robertson ’15 finished 8-for-12 from the field with 17 points and nine boards, while Savannah Holness ’15 connected on 4-of-6 attempts for 11 points and six rebounds.

Trina Payne ’13 had 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting to lead Brooklyn, while Brittany Bowen ’13 netted 12 points with four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Scoring the game’s first seven points, Amherst built a 10-point cushion on a Robertson layup that made it 13-3 with just over 15 minutes remaining in the first. The Bulldogs answered by tallying the game’s next seven points, pulling within three on a Payne bucket at 11:50.

Clinging onto a 19-17 lead after a Bown triple, the Jeffs ripped off a 13-4 run, going up 11 on a Jasmine Hardy ’13 three-pointer with under two and a half minutes left in the period. Brooklyn’s Vanessa D’Ambrosi ’14 buried a jumper on the visitor’s next possession to momentarily stem the tide, but six-straight Amherst points, capped off by a Robertson layup, gave the Purple & White a 38-23 margin heading into the intermission.

With Nicole Francomano ’15 cutting the deficit to 13 with a pair of free throws to open the second-half scoring, Amherst rattled off a 15-4 run to go up 53-29 on a Holness layup. Crowley got the streak started with consecutive baskets before a Marcia Voigt ’13 jumper pushed the lead to 19. Bown recorded the Bulldogs’ first field goal of the frame nearly five minutes in, but Crowley scored four of the game’s next six points to put the Jeffs back up 23.

Hoping to keep pace, Brooklyn trimmed the lead to 16 with a pair of Payne free throws at 6:39, but Amherst regrouped, accounting for the game’s final nine points with Sally Marx ’14 burying a triple with under two minutes left to cap off the scoring.

Leading from start to finish, Amherst shot 42.9 percent (30-for-70) from the floor, which included a 46.2 percent (18-for-39) clip in the first half. Controlling the glass, the Jeffs out-rebounded Brooklyn 58-40, after holding the Bulldogs to just 22.4 percent (15-for-67) shooting.

Knocking down just 24.4 percent (10-for-41) of their first half shots, the visitors continued to struggle in the second half, making just five field goals, while finishing the game just 2-for-16 from long distance.

With the win, Amherst advances to face William Paterson University in tomorrow’s Tip-Off Tournament championship game scheduled for 4 p.m.