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Upset Bid Comes Up Short as Women's Basketball Falls to No. 2 Amherst, 67-62

Upset Bid Comes Up Short as Women's Basketball Falls to No. 2 Amherst, 67-62

AMHERST, Mass.—Sophomore Emma McCarthy (Shelton, Conn.) scored 14 points and hit the go-ahead hoop with 2:29 left in the fourth quarter to help second-ranked Amherst College edge visiting Babson College, 67-62, in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Senior Giovanna Pickering (Hull, Mass.) finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Beavers (0-1). Classmate Taylor Russell (Braintree, Mass.) added 14 points and six boards, while sophomore Elizabeth Lane (Skaneateles, N.Y.) contributed 10 points and four assists. Senior Jennifer Narlee (Medfield, Mass.) also scored eight points and led all players with 11 rebounds in the loss.

Senior Jaimie Renner (Newton, Mass.) scored a game-high 17 points to lead five players in double figures for Amherst (2-0). McCarthy added eight boards and three assists, while classmate Ali Doswell (Richmond, Va.) chipped in with 13 points.

The Green and White got eight early points from Pickering and trailed just 21-19 after one quarter. A three-pointer by Renner gave Amherst a 28-25 lead nearly three minutes into the second quarter before Babson closed the frame with a 16-6 run. Back-to-back hoops by junior Brenna LeGacy (North Attleboro, Mass.) put the visitors in front 33-30, first-year Jacqueline Jozefick (Milford, Conn.) knocked down a jumper and Russell followed with a triple to make it 38-30 at the 2:32 mark.

Leading 41-34 at the half, the Beavers made just one field goal over the first six minutes of the third quarter, but held a 47-45 edge after two free throws by Pickering with 3:25 left in the stanza. Amherst went back in front 49-47 to start the fourth period, but four consecutive free throws by Narlee and Russell helped the Green and White regain a 51-49 advantage with 9:00 to play.

Back-to-back three-pointers by Renner gave Amherst a 55-51 lead with 5:58 left, but Babson got hoops from four different players over its next six possessions to tie the game at 59-59 on a layup by Pickering with 2:43 to go in the game. McCarthy and junior Hannah Hackley (Westford, Mass.) scored on consecutive possessions to give Amherst a 63-59 edge with 1:44 remaining, and Doswell drained a key three-pointer from the left wing to give the hosts their biggest lead of the contest at 66-59 with 1:06 to play.

The Beavers shot 37.9 percent (25-of-66) from the floor and outscored Amherst 38-30 in the paint while finishing with a 49-35 edge on the glass.

Amherst shot 41.3 percent (26-of-63) and knocked down nine three-pointers, five of which came in the second half.

Babson returns to action next Sunday when it travels to Connecticut College at 2 p.m., while Amherst visits Wesleyan on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

•    The Beavers are 7-21 all-time against Amherst although Sunday's game was the first in the regular season between the teams since 2013.
•    Pickering and Russell were both named to the Amherst Tip-Off All-Tournament team.
•    Sunday's loss snapped Babson's 21-game winning streak when scoring 60 or more points.
•    The Beavers are now 12-6 away from home over the last two seasons.