HENNIKER, N.H. -- On primary day
in New Hampshire, visiting Amherst College went to the long-distance
polls, connecting for a season high 12 three-pointers en route
to a 27-point rout of the host New England College Pilgrims in
non-conference Division III action on Tuesday.
With senior Co-captain Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) and freshman forward Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT) saddled with early fouls, the Pilgrims stayed in the game through the first 10 minutes of the opening half, behind the scoring duo of senior Alissa Pashko (Henniker, NH) and junior Holly Pendleton (Bristol, ME). Sullivan and Walker, the Jeffs' two leading scorers entering the game, spent the final 13:10 of the first half on the bench, exiting with the Pilgrims up 16-13.
But after exchanging baskets for the next 90 seconds, the Jeffs went on a 21-4 run, including five consecutive three-pointers. Three of the long distance bombs came from freshman Sally Hamill (Scituate, MA), while sophomore Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) drained two of her own. Junior forward Charlotte Taylor (Harvard, MA) converted a three-point play to put the Jeffs up 45-26, and the visitors took a 45-27 lead to the locker room, outscoring NEC 27-7 during the final 9:50 of the half. Despite the pair of Sullivan and Walker combining for only two first-half points, the Jeffs put up their highest first-half point total of the season behind eight of 15 shooting from behind the three-point line, with Putnam and Taylor each in double figures at halftime with 10 and 13 points, respectively.
The Pilgrims scored the first two baskets of the second half to cut the Amherst lead to 45-31, before Sullivan finally exploded. The NESCAC's leading scorer accounted for her first 11 points of the game during a game-breaking 14-0 run, and the Pilgrims would never get closer than 21 points after the Jeffs went up 59-31 just inside the 14-minute mark.
The visitors added a four of seven performance from behind the three-point arc in the second half to finish 12-22 for the game, as seven different Amherst players connected from long range. Sullivan finished with 13 points, all in the second half, while Taylor finished with a career-high 13 points to go along with seven rebounds, despite going scoreless in the second period. Hamill finished with 12 points on a career-high four three-pointers, and Putnam finished with 10 to round out four Jeffs in double figures. The Jeffs finished with their best shooting performance of the season, finishing the game 31-60 (51.7 percent), as every Amherst player who dressed scored.
For the hosts, Pashko finished with 17 points on four of 14 shooting, and Pendleton finished with 18 points, including a seven for 10 effort from the field. Junior forward Renee Hellert (Westerly, RI) finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds, as the Pilgrims outrebounded the Jeffs 39-29 in the loss.
With the win over NEC, the Jeffs finish the non-conference portion of their schedule, improving to 11-5 with their seventh win in eight games. Up next for the squad is Friday afternoon's showdown with arch-rival Williams College, a 5:30 p.m. tip-off in Williams' Chandler Gymnasium. The Jeffs defeated the Ephs, 53-50, in Amherst on January 15.
|New England College (6-10)||
Amherst (82) Sullivan 5-11 3-5 13, Taylor 5-7 1-1 13, Hamill 4-10 0-0 12, Putnam 4-6 0-0 10, Coscarelli 3-4 1-1 7, Bozorg 2-5 2-2 7, Feldman 3-6 0-0 7, Watkins 2-2 0-0 5, Walker 2-5 0-0 4, Ouimet 1-2 0-0 3, Diamond 0-2 1-2 1; TOTALS 31-60 8-11 82
New England College (55) Pendleton 7-10 4-5 18, Pashko 4-14 7-10 17, Hellert 4-11 4-6 12, Medina 1-4 3-5 5, Wilson 1-7 1-3 3, Rodden 0-4 0-0 0, Lyons 0-0 0-0 0, Daniels 0-1 0-0 0; TOTALS 17-51 19-29 55
3-point goals -- Amherst 12-22 (Hamill 4-8, Putnam 2-3, Taylor 2-2, Ouimet 1-2, Feldman 1-3, Watkins 1-1, Bozorg 1-3), NEC 2-12 (Pashko 2-8, Rodden 0-4). Fouled Out - NONE. Rebounds -- Amherst 29 (Taylor 7), NEC 39 (Hellert 13). Assists -- Amherst 18 (Bozorg 6), NEC 12 (Hellert 4). Total fouls -- Amherst 25, NEC 13. Technicals - NONE. Attendance -- 75.
Full game box score