December 4, 2012

Tuesday wrap: Amherst deep sixes Saints

Jasmine Hardy scored 18 points and went the distance in Amherst's win.
Amherst file photo

No. 9 Amherst leaned heavily on its starters and one reserve to get a big road win at No. 16 Emmanuel 74-61.

After the opening tip, Amherst jumped out to a quick 8-1 lead in a rematch between last year's NCAA tournament quarterfinalists. Amherst took a six-point lead into the break and, after another 7-1 run to start the second half, the Lord Jeffs held the Saints at arm's length the rest of the way. Amherst improves to 6-0 while Emmanuel slips to 6-1.

Amherst used eight players but six of them played the majority of the minutes. Five starters plus Savannah Holness scored 71 of the 74 points. Megan Robertson and Jasmine Hardy played all 40 minutes and Cheyenne Pritchard played 35. Marcia Voigt logged 28 minutes before fouling out with 4:38 to play. Fiona Dwyer had 17 points and nine rebounds for Emmanuel. Box score

No. 14 York (Pa.) stifled Franklin and Marshall 67-41 as the Spartans turned 22 turnovers into 23 points. The Spartans are 7-0 and have allowed just two opponents to reach the 50-point mark. Preseason All-American Alexa Barbush scored 13 points and Emma Lisle added 12 more for Franklin and Marshall Diplomats, but no other Diplomat player made more than two shots.

No. 10 Tufts has been similarly dominant defensively. After shutting down Emerson 61-43, the Jumbos are also 7-0 and have also allowed just two opponents to score at least 50. Eastern Mennonite tipped No. 25 Mary Washington 56-54 on a Bianca Ygarza put-back with 1.3 seconds left.

At the other end of the spectrum, No. 15 Illinois Wesleyan fell at NAIA Olivet Nazarene 94-81. The Titans set a new school record with 83 rebounds against the Tigers who run the same system as the Grinnell men.

On the men's side, Virginia Wesleyan made its latest debut as the No. 1 team in the country with a win at Lynchburg 72-65. All-American junior DJ Woodmore scored the 1,000th point in his college career and led the Marlins with 22 for the game.

It was worth the wait for Geneseo State to start conference play. The Blue Knights opened their SUNYAC schedule by slaying the Red Dragons of Cortland State 70-66.  The game was Geneseo's first in conference but Cortland's third. Geneseo and Brockport State get a late start on conference play because they participate in the regional tournament currently called the Wendy's Classic. The Golden Eagles also opened SUNYAC play and lost a nailbiter to Oswego State, 81-80.

No. 14 Rhode Island College and WPI tuned up for their Thursday game with wins. The Anchormen defeated Salve Regina 66-42 and the Engineers took care of Salem State 75-71.

Curtis Pierce made a layup with two seconds left in overtime to lift Potsdam State over Saint Lawrence 68-66. Otterbein handed Wittenberg its second consecutive loss as the Cardinals won at home 85-80. Millikin won consecutive games for the first time since January 6, 2010. The Big Blue followed up Saturday's win over Principia by beating Fontbonne 87-77.

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