Jeffs Derail Engineers, 74-43
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Marcia Voigt ’13 poured in a game-high 19 points and Marley Giddins ’16 notched a double-double as the ninth-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team cruised to a 74-43 victory over RPI at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Hitting 7-of-11 from the floor, Voigt enjoyed her highest scoring output of the season, while adding three steals. Savannah Holness ’15 had a career-high 13 points and six rebounds, while Haley Zwecker ’16 netted 10 points after going a perfect 8-for-8 from the charity stripe. Posting the second double-double of her young career, Giddins finished with 10 points and 10 boards.
Sarah Wetmore was the lone Engineer in double figures, finishing with 18 points, four rebounds and three assists, while Jen Rock ’15 added eight points and three boards.
Racing out of the gate, Voigt connected on consecutive triples on Amherst’s first two possessions before a Bridget Crowley ’13 layup stretched the Jeff lead to 8-0. RPI answered with a 6-2 run, cutting the margin to four on a pair of Rock free throws at 13:51.
Still up four after a Rock layup with just over 13 minutes to play in the first, Amherst went on the offensive, piecing together a 17-4 run to open up a 29-12 lead. Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 got things started with a jumper at 13:03 before a Voigt layup once again made it an eight-point game.
Later ahead 22-12, Megan Robertson ’15 kick-started a string of seven unanswered as Amherst built a 17-point lead on a Virginia Hassell ’16 trey. Still up 17 with 4:11 to go before the break, the home team scored the final five points of the frame on a Voigt three-point play and Crowley jumper.
Up 38-16 at the break, Voigt kept things rolling to start the second, knocking down a jumper of her own before Robertson laid it in for two more to stretch the lead to 26. Voigt came right back down and scored another basket before Wetmore buried the Engineers’ first field goal of the frame 4:03 in.
Courtney Reynolds ’15 made it six-straight RPI points with a three-pointer at 14:33, but Amherst responded with a 10-2 run, going up 54-24 on a pair of Holness free throws. On top 64-35 after Wetmore converted a three-point play, the Jeffs put together another 7-2 spurt, building their largest lead of the game with just 2:06 left in regulation.
Once again winning the battle on the boards by a 48-32 margin, Amherst outscored RPI 38-20 in the paint and 14-2 on second chance points. Recording nine steals and nine blocks, the Jeffs scored 18 points off 18 turnovers, while holding the Engineers to 26.8 percent (15-for-56) shooting and a 9.1 percent (1-for-11) clip from long distance.
Amherst returns to action on Friday, Dec. 28 against Simpson in Daytona, Fla.