NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Four Jeffs scored in double figures on Monday as fourth-ranked Amherst defeated non-conference foe Albertus Magnus 81-55 at the Cosgrove Marcus Messer Athletic Center.
Amherst improved to 7-0 on the year with the win, while dropping the Falcons to 2-5 overall.
The Jeffs were led by a career day from Marley Giddins with a game- and career-high 19 points on a perfect 8 of 8 from the floor while tying a career-high with 12 rebounds for the double-double. She was also a force on defense and set a new career-high in steals (three). Joining her in double-figure scoring were Meredith Doswell with 15 points, Cheyenne Pritchard with 13 and Ali Doswell added 11.
Albertus was led by seniors Lianna Carrero and Annie Raucci with 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Monday’s contest began with back-and-forth scoring until a free throw from Ali Doswell gave Amherst a 17-14 lead with 11:02 left in the half. The Jeffs went on to take a 29-16 lead with a 13-2 run in a span of 3:13.
Amherst led by as many as 15 in the first half with 2:18 left on the clock. Giddins led all scorers at the half with 12 points, while she added six rebounds. For the Falcons, Raucci tallied seven points and six rebounds in the frame.
The Falcons’ lone lead of the contest came at the 12:59 mark of the half as Annie Sutila hit her first 3-pointer of the game to give the Falcons a one-point lead.
Amherst shot 44.8 percent from the floor in the second half and finished the night with a 43.9 percent showing. The Jeffs also out-rebounded the Falcons 45-31 and tallied 21 second-chance points. They also scored 31 points off of 19 Albertus turnovers.
No. 10 St. Thomas (Minn.) 62, Macalester 36
ST. THOMAS, Minn. -- St. Thomas (Minn.) held Macalester to 25 percent shooting in its 62-36 victory on Monday night.
Three Tommies scored in double figures, led by Maggie Weiers' 13 points. Taylor Young added 11 points while Elaine Warner chipped in 10.
Weiers finished with a double-double as she grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
St. Thomas went on a 15-0 run midway through the first to turn an 8-4 deficit into a 19-8 lead at the 6:49 mark of the first after a free throw by Young.
The Tommies held a 34-15 lead at the half on the strength of 41 percent shooting.
Grace Dickman came off the bench to lead Macalester with six points.