DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Nationally-ranked Amherst College (No. 2 D3hoops.com, No. 3 USA TODAY Sports/Women's Basketball Coaches Association) made twice as many field goals as Adrian College and held the Bulldogs to 20.7 percent shooting to cruise to a 67-43 non-conference win on Monday in the opening of the 22nd annual Land of Magic Classic here at the Ocean Center.
Adrian will wrap up the LOM Classic and Calendar Year 2015 at 5 p.m. Tuesday against Marywood University. Amherst also plays tomorrow versus Salisbury.
Adrian (4-5 overall) was paced offensively by senior Antoinea McElroy who scored 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as the only player on the floor to record a double-double. She added three steals while freshman Ashley Morris contributed eight points--one shy off her career-best--and five rebounds off the bench.
The Purple & White were fueled by a 20-point performance from senior Marley Giddins as she went 9-of-13 from the floor and grabbed five rebounds.
The Lord Jeffs (8-0) used their size to outscore the Bulldogs in the paint, 28-10, but surprisingly held only a 46-41 lead in rebounding. Amherst also scored 24 field goals to Adrian's 12 and held a 9-1 advantage in treys.
Joining Giddins in double-figures was junior Ali Doswell with 15 points, as sophomore Jackie Nagle grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds and junior Meredith Doswell pulled in 10 boards. Cheyenne Pritchard, a senior, scored eight points, registered five rebounds and dished out a game-high five assists.
Senior co-captain Amber McCullough (7 points) gave the Bulldogs an early lead with a lay-up, and they were in front for the majority of the first quarter.
With 1 minute and 59 seconds to play in the opening stanza, Ali Doswell hit a jumper from downtown to give Amherst its first advantage of the contest, 8-6, and never looked back.
Doswell hit five consecutive 3-pointers to single-handedly give the Lord Jeffs a double-digit lead as they pulled away, 20-10 with just under seven minutes to play before halftime.
Adrian got within single-digits twice, but a pair of free throws by Doswell sparked an 11-0 Amherst run in just 1:42 of action. Amherst took a commanding 37-16 advantage into the intermission.
In the second half, the Bulldogs were unable to get under 20 points of the deficit.
Adrian had been idle since a 67-58 win at Anderson (Ind.) on Saturday, Dec. 19, while Amherst was making its return to the court for the first time in two weeks.
(Photos courtesy of DeAnne Lewin; Story by Patrick Stewart)