No. 4 Lord Jeffs top women's basketball

AMHERST, Mass. -- Marcia Voigt poured in a game-high 19 points on 7-for-12 shooting to lead the No. 4 nationally ranked Amherst women’s basketball team to a decisive 79-52 NESCAC win over Bates on Friday night.

Knocking down four of her six attempts from behind the arc, Voigt added eight assists, six rebounds and three steals for the Jeffs (21-0, 7-0 NESCAC).

Megan Robertson posted her seventh double-double of the year with 18 points and 12 rebounds, while also becoming just the fifth player in program history to record 100 career blocks. Savannah Holness rounded out the trio of Jeffs in double figures with 11 points thanks in part to a 7-for-8 showing from the free throw line.

Bates sophomore Molly Brown (South Dartmouth, Mass.) was the lone Bobcat in double digits with 10 points on 3-of-8 shooting, while seniors Brianna Hawkins (South Portland, Maine) and Taryn O’Connell (Georgetown, Mass.) each finished with seven.

Jumping out to an early lead, Amherst connected on four of its first six 3-pointers, building a 19-4 lead on a Voigt trey at the 13:34 mark of the first. With Bates paring the lead to eight after an 8-4 run capped off by a Brown three, Amherst scored seven unanswered, going back up 15 on Voigt’s third triple of the game. Up 33-22 with less than five to go in the first, the Jeffs closed out the half on a 12-6 run, going up as much as 19 on a Robertson layup in the waning moments of the period.

Owning a 47-30 lead after the opening minute of the second, Amherst rattled off a 20-7 run over the next eight minutes to really break the game open. Hardy got things started with a triple before a Robertson netted four of the Jeffs’ next six points to make it 56-34.

Shooting 50.0 percent (31-for-62) from the floor, Amherst was even better from beyond the arc, hitting on 52.9 percent (9-for-17) of its attempts, while also achieving a 38-26 rebounding edge.

Bates hits the road to play at Trinity on Saturday at 4pm.