December 9, 2015



Providence, R.I.--Amherst College used a stifling defense effort and hot shooting from the field to capture a 63-39 non-conference victory over Rhode Island College in women’s basketball action played at The Murray Center on Wednesday night.


Amherst (7-0) ranked second in the nation in the latest poll, outscored the Anchorwomen (3-5), 18-9 in the opening quarter to set the tone for the entire contest. The Anchorwomen jumped out to a quick, 5-2, lead following a pair of made free throws by junior guard Alex Moore (West Newbury, MA). The Lord Jeffs took control from that point on, outscoring the Anchorwomen, 16-4, to end the quarter up 18-9. Amherst buckled down in the second quarter on the defensive end, outscoring the Anchorwomen, 20-6, in the frame to take a commanding, 38-15, lead into the halftime break.


RIC was held to just 20.0 percent (4-for-20) shooting from field with Amherst shooting 41.4 percent (12-for-29) in the frame.



 The Anchorwomen wore pink shirts during their pre-game warm-up
as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Night.


The second half opened slowly, with both teams struggling from the floor. Amherst took control late in the quarter, upping its advantage to 32 points, 49-17, following a layup by sophomore forward Jackie Nagle (Colchester, VT) with 2:07 left in the third quarter. RIC used a mini, 3-0, run to close the quarter, sending the game into the fourth with Amherst leading by 29, 49-20. RIC slowly chipped away in the third quarter with a made jumper by Moore cutting the deficit down to 22, 59-37, with 3:27 left in the fourth. That is as close as RIC would get, as Amherst walked away with a 24-point, 63-39, victory.


Moore led the way for RIC with 14 points on 2-for-3 shooting from downtown. Senior forward Devin Hill (Danielson, CT) chipped in 11 points in the loss. RIC shot 28.6 percent (12-for-42) from the floor and 84.6 percent (11-for-13) from the charity stripe for the game.


Nagle scored 13 points and grabbed six boards with junior guard Ali Doswell (Richmond, VA) pouring in a game-high 15. Amherst shot 41.8 percent (23-for-55) from the floor and 86.7 percent (13-for-15) from the charity stripe.


In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference play at Eastern Connecticut on Saturday, Dec. 12 (1 p.m.).