Athletics

Robertson Leads Jeffs to Tip-Off Tourney Title

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AMHERST, Mass. - Megan Robertson ’15 finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead the women’s basketball team to an 88-61 victory over William Paterson in the championship game of the 2012 Amherst Tip-Off Tournament.

Hitting 8-of-11 field goal attempts, Robertson was a strong presence in the middle, adding three blocks and a steal. Marley Giddins ’16 made the most of her 17 minutes, scoring 18 points, while hauling in 12 boards. Jasmine Hardy ’13 knocked down three triples to finish with 14 points, while Sally Marx ’13 added 10 points off the bench.

Garnering tournament Most Valuable Player honors for her efforts, Robertson averaged 17.0 points and 12.0 rebounds in two games, while shooting 69.6 percent (16-of-23) from the floor. Joining the sophomore on the all-tourney team, Bridget Crowley ’13 averaged 13.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

Floriana Borova ’14 paced William Paterson with 22 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals en route to all-tournament honors, while Lindsey Callander ’13 joined her backcourt mate on the tournament team after scoring nine points in the championship game.

Racing out to an early lead, the Pioneers built a 10-2 margin on a Callander three-pointer at 15:16. Robertson briefly ended the Jeff dryspell with a layup at 14:56, but a Brittany Harden ’16 jumper coupled with five-straight Jeter points stretched the lead to 13.

Down 23-11 with just under nine minutes to go in the first, Robertson and Giddins combined for 10 of the game’s next 13 points to trim the deficit to one with 3:46 to go in the half. Ashley Marfo ’15 put the brakes on a 6:16 William Paterson field-goal drought with a layup at 2:32, but the Jeffs outscored the Pioneers 7-2 down the stretch, retaking the lead for the first time since the game’s opening bucket on a Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 layup with just 16 seconds left in the period.

Still up two nearly five minutes into the second, Amherst mounted a decisive 25-5 run to go up 22 with just over eight minutes remaining in regulation. Robertson got things started with consecutive baskets before a Crowley three-point play put the home team up 48-41. Hardy then connected on a trey to give the Jeffs their first double-digit lead.

Another triple, this time from Haley Zwecker ’16, pushed the margin to 12 before Giddins scored five-straight. Zwecker drove the lane for two more to give the Purple & White a 19 point edge before Hardy buried a three-pointer to make it 66-44.

William Paterson got back to within 17 with just over five to play on a pair of Sara Luberto ’16 free throws, but Amherst responded with 13-3 run to put the game away. Marx led the charge from the second unit, scoring seven of her 10 points during a span of 2:01.

The Jeffs finished 35-of-66 from the floor (53.0 percent) and 8-for-15 (53.3 percent) from three-point range, while holding William Paterson to just 22-of-60 (35.7 percent) shooting. Amherst also held a 47-28 rebounding edge, with each team committing 16 turnovers.

The Jeffs return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Mount Holyoke.

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