|Amherst College||Bates College|
LEWISTON, Maine — Meredith Doswell had game highs of 17 points, six assists and three steals, while her sister Ali Doswell broke Amherst College’s women’s basketball records for points and 3-pointers, as the No. 2 nationally ranked Purple & White won 75-37 at Bates Friday night.
Amherst’s (21-0, 7-0 NESCAC) victory sets up a showdown tomorrow at Tufts (21-0, 8-0), pitting the top two teams in the NESCAC and the top two ranked teams in Division III.
Bates (6-14, 2-6 NESCAC) will host Trinity (11-8, 2-5) Saturday at 3pm, on Senior Day for the Bobcats.
Allie Coppola led the host Bobcats with 10 points and seven rebounds. Fellow senior Bernadette Connors contributed five points, three steals and two assists.
Amherst took immediate control of the game, scoring the first 16 points of the first quarter and grabbing a 33-9 lead after the first period. Amherst made 14-of-19 shots (.737) in the period, including 4-of-7 from three-point territory.
Amherst missed all six of its three-point attempts in the second quarter, with Bates tying the visitors 13-13 in the period behind six points and three boards from Coppola. After scoring five points in the first quarter, Ali Doswell sat for the entire second quarter.
Ali Doswell drained a three at the 7:59 mark of the third quarter, on an assist by her sister, to break Amherst’s career points and 3-pointers records on the same shot. Amherst held Bates to one field goal in the quarter, outscoring the Bobcats 19-9 and expanding its lead to 65-31.
Bates was held scoreless for the first eight minutes of the final period as Amherst’s lead climbed to a game-high 74-31 with 2:40 left in the game. Junior Lexie Nason made a pair of layups in the final two minutes and junior Lyse Henshaw added another.
Amherst outrebounded Bates 41-19 for the game and finished with a .625 to .364 advantage in field-goal percentage.
Maeve McNamara and Jackie Nagle scored 12 points apiece off the bench for Amherst, shooting 6-8 and 5-6 from the field, respectively. Nagle added six rebounds and four blocked shots. Starter Emma McCarthy added 11 points on 5-6 shooting. On her record-breaking night, Ali Doswell scored nine points with five rebounds and five assists in 17 minutes.