Jeffs Bounce Mount Holyoke, 62-32
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Holding Mount Holyoke without a field goal for a 12:55 second-half stretch, the Amherst women’s basketball team cruised to a 62-32 victory over the visiting Lyons in LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst held Mount Holyoke to just 3-for-25 (12.0 percent) shooting in the second half and 11-for-55 (20.0 percent) for the game, while clinging to a 47-41 edge on the glass.
Bridget Crowley ’13 led the way offensively, going 5-for-10 for 10 points, six rebounds and three blocks, while Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 connected on three of her five attempts for nine points and six boards. Jasmine Hardy ’13, Virginia Hassell ’16 and Savannah Holness ’15 chipped in with eight points apiece.
Genelle Green ’16 paced the Lyons with 10 points, nine rebounds and four steals, while Angelica Pascual ’13 finished with eight points and six rebounds.
Trailing 5-3 in the early going, Crowley kicked off a 15-2 Amherst run over the next five minutes with a jumper at 17:20. With Mount Holyoke battling back to within seven at 23-16 on a Green triple, the Jeffs netted five of the next six points to rebuild an 11-point margin. Coming down the floor with just under a minute and a half left in the first, Green drove the lane for two to cut the deficit to 28-19 at the intermission.
After Marcia Voigt ’13 opened up the second half scoring with a pair of free-throws, Crowley converted consecutive baskets before a Hardy trey extended the lead to 18. Crowley struck again with a layup at 16:35 before Pascual netted the Lyons’ first point of the frame by going 1-for-2 at the line.
After two more Pascual free throws trimmed the lead to 19, Amherst ripped off a 9-2 run, going up 26 on a Holness layup. Still down 26 with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation, Siyao Sui ’16 converted a bucket down low to notch the visitors’ first field goal of the half. The Jeffs responded with seven unanswered points, pushing the cushion back up to 31 with a Hassell three-pointer with just 3:17 on the clock.
Shooting just 11-for-33 (33.3 percent) in the first half, a more efficient Amherst offense shot 14-for-31 (45.2 percent) in the second. Surrendering just 13 second half points on three field goals, a stifling Jeff defense helped force 17 turnovers, while nabbing 13 steals.
Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Keene State.