Jeffs Cruise Past Keene State, 65-42
Contact: Ben Badua
KEENE, N.H. – Bridget Crowley ’13 poured in a game-high 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting to power the 11th-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team to a 65-42 non-conference win at Keene State College Tuesday.
Megan Robertson ’15 added 12 points, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks, while Haley Zwecker ’16 netted 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting with three steals.
Christan Wojtas ’15 led an Owl offense that shot just 28.0 percent (14-for-50) from the floor with 13 points and six rebounds, while Ryanne Williams ’16 finished with 10 points and four boards.
Opening the game on a 17-2 run, Jasmine Hardy ’13 helped set the tone with a three-pointer on the Jeffs’ opening possession. Consecutive Robertson and Crowley buckets made it 7-0 before a Marcia Voigt ’13 jumper extended the Jeff lead. Wojtas recorded Keene’s first field goal 3:34 in, but Amherst netted six unanswered to build a 15-point lead.
Hoping to keep pace, the Owls battled back to within 10 on a Williams jumper with 2:49 to go in the half, but the Jeffs responded with nine-straight points to close out the frame. Voigt got the rally started by scoring four of the game’s next six points, before a Robertson jumper coupled with a Zwecker free-throw made it 34-15.
With Keene cutting the deficit to 16 on a Williams trey early in the second, Hardy came right back down the floor, burying a triple of her own before a pair of Crowley free-throws and a Robertson layup stretched the margin to 23. Crowley kept things going with another bucket at 12:44 before Carly Kiernan ’14 ended the Owls’ dry spell with a layup on the ensuing possession.
Leading by as much as 28 on a pair of Robertson free-throws with just 5:08 remaining in regulation, Amherst kept Keene at bay with the home team only getting as close as 23 the rest of the way.
The Jeffs finished with a 43-33 edge on the glass, while helping to force 23 Keene turnovers. Also registering 11 blocks and 11 steals, a stout Amherst defense held the Owls to just 5-of-25 shooting (20.0 percent) in the first half and a 9-of-25 (36.0 percent) clip in the second.
The Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Skidmore.