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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Defense Keys Rally in 91-82 Win at Randolph-Macon - 6 days ago
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The Virginia Wesleyan College women's basketball team overcame an 18-point second quarter deficit to defeat Randolph-Macon College 91-82 Tuesday in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action. Randolph-Macon received a layup by Kelly Williams to take a 39-21 lead with 6:07 to go in the second quarter. Virginia Wesleyan began its rally at that point, cutting the Yellow Jacket advantage to just 10 points, 42-32, as the horn sounded for halftime. That 11-3 run was spurred on by four point... [read more]
The Virginia Wesleyan College women's basketball team overcame an 18-point second quarter deficit to defeat Randolph-Macon College 91-82 Tuesday in Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) action. Randolph-Macon received a layup by Kelly Williams to take a 39-21 lead with 6:07 to go in the second quarter. Virginia Wesleyan began its rally at that point, cutting the Yellow Jacket advantage to just 10 points, 42-32, as the horn sounded for halftime. That 11-3 run was spurred on by four points from Raya Berkley and three each from Jayla Harris and Alexis Platt. The Marlin run continued into the second half as VWC outscored Randolph-Macon 27-16 in the period. Virginia Wesleyan shot 47.4% from the floor in the third quarter while posting a 50% mark from beyond the arc and a perfect 6-of-6 from the charity stripe in the period. The Virginia Wesleyan defense did an outstanding job to steal the lead back from the Yellow Jackets, holding the hosts without a made three-pointer in the third, forcing five turnovers while not committing one on the other end. Randolph-Macon's final lead of the game occurred with 24 seconds left in the third as Taylor Intermill connected on a pair of free throws for a 58-56 lead. Harris responded on the other end of the floor, connecting on a trifecta off a NiAsia Caldwell assist, to take a 59-58 lead with three seconds to play. That momentum carried into the fourth as VWC went on a 6-1 run to start the quarter, garnering a 65-59 lead with 8:04 to play. Randolph-Macon cut the deficit to within three at 65-62, but could get no closer the rest of the way. The Marlins pulled away down the stretch, going 12-of-14 (85.7%) at the charity stripe in the fourth quarter. The defense continued to press the Yellow Jackets, forcing five more turnovers in the period. In total, the Marlins committed just one turnover in the second half while forcing 10, a huge reason for the second-half rally. Amber Lee (5'9''-G, college: Hawaii) led Randolph-Macon (8-5/3-2) with 22 points and 10 rebounds while Williams also contributed a double-double of 18 points and 15 rebounds. Harris led all scorers with 32 points, her third 30-point performance of the season. Berkley had a career day, finishing with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Caldwell added 13 points while Platt posted 10 off the bench. Virginia Wesleyan (8-5/3-2) hosts Hollins University (4-8/0-4) on Saturday at 2 p.m. The women's basketball program will retire the jersey of Nancy Kelly '15 in a pregame ceremony. Kelly passed away in a car accident and the program will use this ceremony as a way to celebrate her life and legacy she left within the program. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
No. 6 WashU Emerges Victorious in Top-10 Undefeated Showdown - 16 days ago
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The No. 6 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball program put its undefeated record on the line with a matchup against the No. 8 ranked Wartburg College Knights on Friday afternoon and remained unbeaten with an 87-84 win during the AmericInn Holiday Tournament Championship. WashU improved its record to 10-0 on the season, while handing the previously unbeaten Knights their first loss and dropping their record to 11-1. The Bears and Knights both finished the game shoot... [read more]
The No. 6 ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's basketball program put its undefeated record on the line with a matchup against the No. 8 ranked Wartburg College Knights on Friday afternoon and remained unbeaten with an 87-84 win during the AmericInn Holiday Tournament Championship. WashU improved its record to 10-0 on the season, while handing the previously unbeaten Knights their first loss and dropping their record to 11-1. The Bears and Knights both finished the game shooting better than 50 percent from the floor but a season-high percentage of 58.6 percent from the field propelled WashU to the win. Sophomore Madeline Homoly was named the AmericInn Holiday Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Bears with a career-best 30 points in the championship game. Senior Zoe Vernon (6'1''-F) was also named to the All-Tournament team after heating up down the stretch for the Bears scoring all 17 of her points in the second half. The Bears entered the fourth quarter trailing 66-59 but scored the first seven points of the quarter to even the game at 66-all. Sophomore Stephanie Botkin (6'0''-F) had a lay in immediately to start the quarter before Homoly sank a jumper and sophomore Becca Clark-Callender (5'7''-G) nailed a three ball to tie the game. Less than a minute after Clark-Callender's equalizer, she assisted on a three pointer by Vernon in the corner which put the Bears ahead for the first time since the second quarter. Vernon added to that lead when she converted an inbound pass from Botkin underneath the basket with seven minutes remaining. Wartburg answered the layup with one of its own before Vernon's three swooshed through the net for the largest Bears lead of the second half, 74-70. The Knights responded with five unanswered points to take the lead with five minutes left until senior Jenn Dynis (5'11''-G/F) evened the score at 76-all. Vernon scored the next five points for the Bears but Wartburg took an 83-81 lead on a three pointer from the wing with 82 seconds left to play in regulation. Dynis answered the call with a game tying shot from inside the paint. Following a Wartburg free-throw, Dynis once again answered the call with a layup with less than 20 second remaining to give WashU a slim 85-84 advantage. The Bears defense came up with a big stop while forcing the Knights to turn the ball over before Homoly sank multiple free throws to close out the scoring en route to clinching an 87-84 win for the Bears. Homoly dominated the first half of play with 18 points scored and got things started right away from the opening defensive stance with a steal. She began the game with multiple steals, a defensive rebound and the first four points of action as WashU jumped out to an early lead within the first two minutes of play. However, the Knights fought back to take a 14-13 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Bears and Knights had four lead changes occur within the first two minutes of the second quarter including a step back three pointer from sophomore Rachael Sondag (5'8''-G), which gave WashU a 16-14 advantage. Homoly led the Bears scoring in the first through third quarters but Vernon closed the game out with 12 during the fourth to help push the Bears past the Knights. Dynis added 13 points for WashU while Homoly led the Bears in multiple categories including points (30), rebounds (nine), steals (four) and free throws made and attempted (six of nine). Clark-Callender had a team leading four assists as the Bears outpaced the Knights with 23 collectively as a team compared to 16 for Wartburg. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
Five DePauw Players Score in Double Figures in 70-59 Win over Vassar - 26 days ago
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Five DePauw players scored in doubles figures as the Tigers wrapped up play at the Puerto Rico Clasico with a 70-59 win over Vassar. The Tigers improved to 10-1, while the Brewers dropped to 3-6. DePauw closed the first period with an 11-3 run to take a 21-12 lead at the quarter break. The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 9-3 stretch for their biggest lead of the game at 30-15. The teams went to the intermission with DePauw holding a 37-24 advantage. The Brewers trimmed the deficit... [read more]
Five DePauw players scored in doubles figures as the Tigers wrapped up play at the Puerto Rico Clasico with a 70-59 win over Vassar. The Tigers improved to 10-1, while the Brewers dropped to 3-6. DePauw closed the first period with an 11-3 run to take a 21-12 lead at the quarter break. The Tigers opened the second quarter with a 9-3 stretch for their biggest lead of the game at 30-15. The teams went to the intermission with DePauw holding a 37-24 advantage. The Brewers trimmed the deficit back to single digits in the third and trailed 51-43 headed into the fourth. Vassar was as close as six at 60-54 with 4:27 remaining, but Sydney Kopp started an 8-0 run with a bucket before Taylor Howard (5'10''-F) hit a pair of field goals and Emily Budde (5'9''-G) made two free throws to push the lead to 68-54 with 42 seconds left. Taylor Howard led the Tigers with 16 points, while Budde came off the bench for 13. Claire Ryanfollowed with 11 with Maya Howard and Kopp each scoring 10. Ryan grabbed nine rebounds with Kopp and Kylie Morris (5'10''-F) each dishing out four assists. Samarah Cook paced Vassar with 16 points followed by Ariella Rosenthal with 13 and MaeveSussman with 12. Sophie Nick grabbed five rebounds in the defeat. DePauw shot 43.5 percent from the field, but failed to connect on 10 three-point attempts. That marked the first time since December 7, 2008, that the Tigers did not make a three-pointer in a game and snapped a streak of 243 straight games with at least one trey. The Brewers shot 38.8 percent for the game. The Tigers held a 42-27 edge on the boards for a 13-4 advantage in second-chance points. The Tigers return to action on Wednesday, December 28, when they host Millikin in the Amy Hasbrook Memorial Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. DePauw then faces Coast Guard Academy at 5 p.m. on December 29 before the tournament wraps up on December 31 with a 5 p.m. matchup between Millikin and Coast Guard. Courtesy of: d3hoops.com
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