Jeffs Blow Past WNE, 69-45
Contact: Ben Badua
DAYTONA, Fla. - Jasmine Hardy ’13 poured in 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting to lead the seventh-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team (10-0) to a decisive 69-45 victory over Western New England (5-5) at the Land of Magic Classic in Daytona, Fla.
Finishing one point shy of matching a career-high in points, Hardy set a new career mark in steals with five, while adding four assists and five rebounds. Megan Robertson ’15 posted her fourth double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 boards, while dishing out a career-high four assists and blocking five shots. Bridget Crowley ’13 rounded out the list of Jeffs in double figures with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 added nine points and three rebounds.
The only member of the Golden Bears in double digits, Emily Savino ’13 paced WNE with 13 points, while Chelsea Vujs ’16 chipped in with nine points and eight boards on 3-of-4 shooting.
Down 7-2 in the early going after a Pritchard three, the Golden Bears netted four-straight points, pulling within one on an Elena Razikowski ’13 jumper at 15:05 of the first. Amherst responded with seven unanswered, building an eight-point cushion on a Hardy triple.
Shelby Van Huysen ’13 ended a 3:06 WNE field-goal drought with a three-pointer of her own at 11:59, but back-to-back Marcia Voigt ’13 and Crowley layups stretched the Jeff margin to 21-9. Still trailing by 12 with just under seven to go in the half, the Golden Bears strung together a 6-1 spurt, cutting the deficit to 25-18 on a Vujs trey.
Up 29-18 at the intermission, Amherst pieced together a 10-4 run to start the second, building a 39-22 advantage on another Hardy three at 17:03. Savino responded by knocking down a triple on the other end, but seven-consecutive Jeff points, capped off by a Voigt layup at 11:51 suddenly saw the Amherst lead swell to 21.
Battling back, WNE outscored the Purple & White 11-4 over the next 4:23, but beginning with a Pritchard three-pointer, Amherst came right back with a 19-8 rally, going up 25 with under a minute to go in regulation.
Finishing with a decisive 48-30 rebounding edge, Amherst dominated the paint, holding a 32-8 scoring edge in the post, while helping to force 21 WNE turnovers.
The Lord Jeffs return to action on Friday, Jan. 4 at Little Three rival Wesleyan.