Women's Basketball Advances to NCAA Sweet 16, Defeats Eastern and NYU
Issue   |   Tue, 03/10/2015 - 23:04
Rob Mattson
Meredith Doswell '17 had 13 points, eight rebounds against NYU.

The Amherst women’s basketball team had a successful weekend as they traveled down to New York Univeristy to play for a spot in the Sweet 16. On Friday evening, the Jeffs faced off against Eastern University in the Jerome S. Coles gym. The Eagles came into the tournament led by the coach of the year, player of the year, and rookie of the year for match for the Jeffs. After defeating the Eagles, Amherst faced New York University the next day and was again victorious.

Friday’s game featured impeccable senior leadership as Megan Robertson ’15 led the team with 22 points, nine rebounds and five blocks. Joining her in double figures were Cheyenne Pritchard ’16 and Hannah Peterson ’17 with 10 points each. Taylor Price of the Eagles (rookie of the year in the Freedom Conference) led Eastern with 11 points. She was the only Eagle to score in double digits.

The Eagles’ difficulty scoring reflected in the shooting percentages from the night, as they went just 28.6 percent from the floor and 21.4 percent from downtown. Amherst nearly doubled both of these figures, going 54 percent from inside and 43.8 percent from the arc. It was this outshooting, particularly in the first half, which earned the Jeffs a 68-51 victory and a spot in the round of 32 the following day.

Saturday’s game again featured strong senior leadership for Amherst, but this time Robertson was joined in double figures by the dynamic Doswell twins of the sophomore class. Robertson scored 13 and pulled down seven rebounds. Meredith Doswell matched Robertson’s 13 points and pulled down eight of her own rebounds while also dishing out five assists.

Ali Doswell added a game-high 22 points and five assists. After a shaky start featuring three lead changes, the Jeffs finally took the lead for good after 13 minutes of play off of a three pointed by Ali Doswell. Amherst would not look back, eventually defeating the Violets 70-47.

“Last weekend we played our best games of basketball all season. Everyone clicked and everyone contributed in different ways,” Meredith Doswell said. “I’m so proud of my teammates and look forward to playing this weekend for a chance to make it to the Final Four.”

The women in purple move on to the Sweet 16 for the eighth season in a row. They will play Salisbury (27-2) in Montclair, New Jersey this Friday.