Jackie Renner (6'0''-F) matched a game-high with 14 points, adding seven rebounds and five assists in top-ranked Amhersts 66-45 non-conference road win against Eastern Connecticut State.
Improving to 7-0 on the season, the Jeffs have won their last four meetings against the Warriors, while ECSU fell to 4-3 on the year.
Up one after a Lauren Kelleher free-throw at 18:10, Lem Atanga McCormick drained a three on the left wing to extend the Amherst lead to 7-3. After an ECSU turnover, Renner drove the lane for two before a Shannon Finucane trey from the right side staked the Jeffs to a 12-3 advantage.
Trying to help the home team keep pace, Kelleher drew a foul on the Warriors next possession, going 2-for-2 from the line to trim the margin to seven. Renner responded with a three from the top of the circle to give Amherst its first double-digit lead.
Driving the baseline with just under 13 and a half to go in the first, Renner kicked it out to Finucane for another Lord Jeff triple before a Kristina Forsman jumper from the left elbow ended a 6:40 ECSU field-goal drought.
After two Piper Chapman free-throws and a Blodgett basket made it 18-11, the Warriors cut the deficit to just four on a Forsman triple. Looking to regain the momentum co-captain Kim Fiorentinobeat her defender, dishing it to an open Megan Robertson for two before an Atanga McCormick bucket pushed the Jeff lead back up to eight with 9:21 on the clock.
With both squads settling in defensively neither team managed to add to its tally during the next five minutes before a Fiorentino block led to the games first fastbreak points, ending the scoreless streak. Bridget Crowley and Renner kept things rolling with consecutive layups making it 28-14 before four consecutive Chapman points pulled the Warriors back within 10 at 2:21.
Getting a big defensive stop with under 30 seconds to play in the half, Blodgett drove to her right before pulling up for a jumper just inside the free-throw line, slicing the Lord Jeff lead to 30-22 heading into the intermission.
Continuing to go on the offensive to start the second, Chapman connected on a bucket down low, bringing ECSU within six. After Fiorentino split a pair from the charity stripe, first-year Taylor McBride dove into the lane, laying it in to make it 31-26.
With under 17 to go, a hustling Robertson followed up a Caroline Stedman misfire with a putback for the Jeffs first field-goal of the frame. Bringing the ball down with just 15 and a half left, Fiorentino found Stedman spotted up on the left wing, allowing the senior to dial it in from long distance, upping the Lord Jeff cushion to 36-26.
ECSU responded with six consecutive points, paring the deficit to four at 12:43 on a Chapman basket but Stedman answered with a turnaround jumper in the lane, stemming the surging Warriors tide. Looking to extend the Amherst margin, Fiorentino again found Stedman with a cross-court pass for the Jeffs seventh three of the night.
After a Forsman layup at 10:35, Renner netted the games next five points to help Amherst build a 46-34 edge. Still up 12 with just four minutes remaining, Stedman went coast-to-coast after a Crowley block before Marcia Voigt converted a three-point play the old fashioned way to make it 55-38.
Stedman capped off the Jeffs decisive 21-6 run in a 9:21 second half span with a layup at 3:22 putting Amherst up 19 before McBride netted the Warriors first points in just two minutes, ending a string of seven consecutive Amherst scores.
Stedman finished with 14 points on 6-for-11 shooting, while Robertson added 10 points and nine rebounds. Voigt and Atanga McCormick combined for 15 points while Finucane chipped in with six. Fiorentino added a career-high 10 rebounds in the win. As a team, Amherst shot 25-for-60 (41.7 percent) from the field and 7-for-15 (46.7 percent) from three-point range.
Chapman led an ESCU side that shot just 16-for-54 (29.6 percent) from the floor and 1-for-9 (11.1 percent) from behind the arc with 14 points and 10 boards, while Blodgett added 10 points and eight rebounds.
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Richter Earns 500th Career Win in 52-43 Win over Gwynedd Mercy - 1 day ago
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Head coach Fred Richter earned his 500th career win as the DeSales University women's basketball team used a solid defensive effort in a 52-43 win over Gwynedd Mercy University in non-conference action on Monday evening in Billera Hall. Richter becomes the 29th coach in NCAA Division III history to win 500+ career games. He has guided the Bulldogs to 13 20+ win seasons in his 26 previous years, has guided the Bulldogs to the MAC Freedom postseason in 19 straight seasons, and won 6 MAC Fre... [read more]
Head coach Fred Richter earned his 500th career win as the DeSales University women's basketball team used a solid defensive effort in a 52-43 win over Gwynedd Mercy University in non-conference action on Monday evening in Billera Hall. Richter becomes the 29th coach in NCAA Division III history to win 500+ career games. He has guided the Bulldogs to 13 20+ win seasons in his 26 previous years, has guided the Bulldogs to the MAC Freedom postseason in 19 straight seasons, and won 6 MAC Freedom championships. Senior Morgan McCollian led DeSales (5-1) in Richter's 500th victory recording her third double-double of the year with 18 points and 16 rebounds, while sophomore Leandra Sterner finished with 13 points. Sophomore Morgan Birmelin finished with five assists and five steals in the win. GMU (2-4) got 19 points and 16 rebounds from Charlotte Kucowski and nine points and nine boards from Nicole Dombrowski in the loss. DSU dominated the first three quarters of play holding the Griffins to just 23 points thru the first three quarters and held a 44-23 lead entering the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs still led by 16 with just 4:47 to go when turnovers started to doom DeSales as the Griffins scored eight straight points to pull within 48-40 with 2:29 to play. GMU had possession of the ball looking to make it a two-possession game when McCollian stole an inbounds pass and Sterner raced down the court scoring uncontested after a nice lead pass from senior Nikki Callahan (5'6''-G) ending the comeback threat of Gwynedd. It was a dominant first-half that saw DSU hold GMU to just 23.1 percent shooting en route to a 33-14 halftime lead. Both teams struggled to score in the third quarter with DSU's defense holding the Griffins to just nine points allowing the lead to increase by two points entering the fourth quarter. DeSales dominated the glass out-rebounding Gwynedd, 48-37, including 21 offensive boards leading to 19 second-chance points. The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday when they host Stevens Institute of Technology with tip set for 6:00 pm in Billera Hall. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Redlands Women's Basketball Stumbles Late to No. 6 George Fox University - 12 days ago
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The University of Redlands women's basketball team kicked off its three-game, road trip on Wednesday evening by squaring off against the No. 6 George Fox University (OR) Bruins in Newberg, OR. Despite a stellar showing in the second quarter that resulted in a 34-27 halftime lead, the Bulldogs struggled to maintain that rhythm down the stretch and ultimately just missed out on the upset in a 62-70 decision. The Maroon and Gray nabbed its first lead of the game in the opening two minutes af... [read more]
The University of Redlands women's basketball team kicked off its three-game, road trip on Wednesday evening by squaring off against the No. 6 George Fox University (OR) Bruins in Newberg, OR. Despite a stellar showing in the second quarter that resulted in a 34-27 halftime lead, the Bulldogs struggled to maintain that rhythm down the stretch and ultimately just missed out on the upset in a 62-70 decision. The Maroon and Gray nabbed its first lead of the game in the opening two minutes after back-to-back baskets by senior forward Sydney Bennett (Agoura Hills, CA) and junior guard Courtney Chen (La Canada, CA). Although Redlands stayed within striking distance throughout the first quarter, the visiting squad faced a five-point deficit to start the second stanza. With a refreshed lineup and the necessary adjustments in tow, the Bulldog offense lit up the scoreboard on a 22-10 run to take a seven-point lead at the midway point of the game. The scoring spurt began with freshman guard Cassandra Lacey (Victorville, CA) converting a jumper and a trey-ball on consecutive Bulldog possessions, before junior forward Allison Siksnus (Placentia, CA) added to the fire power for Redlands' 19-17 advantage with 7:58 left on the clock. Following Bennett's ensuing jumper, Redlands continued to impress defensively and rode out the Bruins' scoring drought with a seven-point run of its own that included baskets from Chen, junior forward Reyna Ta'amu (Lakewood, CA), and junior guard Caitlyn Dixon (Seattle, WA). The Bulldogs extended their lead to 32-23 over the next few minutes, thanks in part to back-to-back lay-ups by freshman guard Mariana Ecija (San Diego, CA) and junior guard Angela Silver (Scotts Valley, CA), both of which came off senior guard Jade Cheldelin's (Portland, OR) key defensive rebounds. Cheldelin capped off the impressive quarter with a jumper of her own, giving the Maroon and Gary a 34-27 advantage at the halftime break. The Bulldogs stayed in front at 38-31 after early baskets by Ecija and sophomore guard Mandy Silver (Scotts Valley, CA), but the Bruins remained steadfast in their game plan and forced a back-and-forth battle through the end of the third frame. With the score tied at 47, Redlands fought to keep it close, with Siksnus knocking down a critical three-pointer but it was not enough, as George Fox put together a lucrative final stanza to earn the lead and the eventual win. Ta'amu came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs with 13 points, including a 7-for-11 showing at the charity stripe. Cheldelin provided 10 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and three steals in a well-rounded effort. Overall, Redlands won many of the statistical categories, including shooting percentage, three-point field-goal percentage, free-throw shooting, rebounds, and assists. The Bulldogs (1-2) strive to rebound on Friday when they take on Willamette University (OR) at 1 p.m. in Salem. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Bullets Grab Second in CC Preseason Poll - 22 days ago
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The Gettysburg College women's basketball team will be one of the favorites in the Centennial Conference this season as the conference's coaches and athletic communications staff members picked the Bullets to finish second in the preseason conference poll. Gettysburg picked up 169 points and one first-place vote in the preseason ballot. The Bullets trailed only two-time defending champion Muhlenberg College, which ran off with the top spot on the strength of 198 points and 19 first-place... [read more]
The Gettysburg College women's basketball team will be one of the favorites in the Centennial Conference this season as the conference's coaches and athletic communications staff members picked the Bullets to finish second in the preseason conference poll. Gettysburg picked up 169 points and one first-place vote in the preseason ballot. The Bullets trailed only two-time defending champion Muhlenberg College, which ran off with the top spot on the strength of 198 points and 19 first-place votes. The three teams trailing Gettysburg were separated by just four total points. McDaniel College and Haverford College tied for third with 147 points, while Dickinson College rounded out the predicted playoff field with 143 points. McDaniel grabbed a first-place vote as did the No. 6 team in the poll, Johns Hopkins University, which tallied 121 points. Rounding out the final five were Ursinus College (84), Franklin & Marshall College (79), Swarthmore College (63), Washington College (40), and Bryn Mawr College (19). Gettysburg is coming off a successful first season under Head Coach Nate Davis. Davis guided the Bullets to a 19-6 overall record and a 13-5 mark in Centennial play. The Bullets finished third in the regular season standings and advanced to the conference semifinals. The Orange and Blue gets its first taste of action this Sunday with an exhibition at University of Maryland-Baltimore County at 1 p.m. The season officially kicks off for the Bullets at the Stockton University Tournament on Nov. 18-19. Gettysburg faces FDU-Florham in the opening game Friday, Nov. 18, at 6 p.m. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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