Athletics

Strong Second Half Lifts Jeffs Over Skidmore

Courtesy of Skidmore Sports Information

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Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – The 11th-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team used a big second half to pick up a 64-36 win over Skidmore Saturday afternoon at the Williamson Sports Center.

With the win, the Lord Jeffs remained unbeaten at 5-0, while the Thoroughbreds fell to 2-3.

Jasmine Hardy ’13 led three players in double figures with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting. Hitting three of her four attempts from behind the arc, she finished just one point shy of matching her career mark of 17 set last season against WPI. Megan Robertson ’15 tallied 14 points and four blocks, while Marcia Voigt ’13 had 13 points and seven assists. Savannah Holness ’15 pulled down a game-high nine rebounds off the bench.

Angela Botiba ’15 paced Skidmore, scoring 12 points to go along with five rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks. Jordyn Wartts ’14 pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and Molly McLaughlin ’15 dished out four assists.

Controlling the tempo early in the first half, Amherst pushed its lead to 27-15 on a Hardy three-pointer at 7:16. Skidmore responded with an 11-0 run capped by a Dani DeGregory ’16 triple to cut the deficit down to 27-26. Haley Zwecker ’16 broke the scoreless streak for the Jeffs with a layup in the waning moments of the frame, giving the visitors a 29-26 edge at the break.

The second half was all Amherst as the Jeffs opened with a 15-2 run to seize control of the game. Holding the Thoroughbreds scoreless for a span of 4:55, Robertson got the decisive run started with a layup at 16:20. Robertson then connected on back-to-back jumpers before a Holness bucket coupled with a Hardy three-point play stretched the lead to 14.

Voigt made it 13 unanswered with a jumper at 12:08 before Ella Scheuerell ’16 ended the Skidmore drought with a layup on the Thoroughbreds’ ensuing possession. Keeping things rolling, Amherst scored 14 of the game’s next 16 points, as the lead swelled to 26 on a Robertson jumper with just under five minutes remaining in regulation.

Shooting 15-of-32 from the floor in the second half, the Jeffs outscored the Thoroughbreds 35-10 over the frame en route to a 64-36 victory. Managing just four field goals over the final 20 minutes, Skidmore shot 33.3 percent (15-for-45) for the game. Finishing with a 37-32 rebounding edge, Amherst held a 22-14 advantage in points in the paint, while scoring 18 points off of 16 Skidmore turnovers.

The Jeffs return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at Emmanuel.

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