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Amherst College women stay perfect, hold off Williams

  • Megan Robertson of Amherst College, right, reaches for a rebound against Jennie Harding of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Megan Robertson of Amherst College, right, reaches for a rebound against Jennie Harding of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Jasmine Hardy of Amherst College, right, drives to the basket against Ellen Cook of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Jasmine Hardy of Amherst College, right, drives to the basket against Ellen Cook of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Marcia Voight of Amherst College, right, looks for a shot while defended by Grace Rehnquist of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Marcia Voight of Amherst College, right, looks for a shot while defended by Grace Rehnquist of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Megan Robertson of Amherst College, left, looks for an opportunity as Oge Uwanaka of Williams College grabs a rebound Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Megan Robertson of Amherst College, left, looks for an opportunity as Oge Uwanaka of Williams College grabs a rebound Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Bridget Crowley of Amherst College, right, drives to the basket against Grace Rehnquist of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Bridget Crowley of Amherst College, right, drives to the basket against Grace Rehnquist of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Willy Workman of Amherst College, center, splits Williams College defenders Parker McClelland, left, and Sean Hoffmann before passing Wednesday at Amherst College.JERREY ROBERTS

    Willy Workman of Amherst College, center, splits Williams College defenders Parker McClelland, left, and Sean Hoffmann before passing Wednesday at Amherst College.JERREY ROBERTS Purchase photo reprints »

  • Peter Kaasila of Amherst College, left, blocks a shot from Nate Robertson of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Peter Kaasila of Amherst College, left, blocks a shot from Nate Robertson of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Willy Workman of Amherst College, right, moves the ball against Taylor Epley of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Willy Workman of Amherst College, right, moves the ball against Taylor Epley of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Peter Kaasila of Amherst College, left, reaches for a rebound against Michael Mayer of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    Peter Kaasila of Amherst College, left, reaches for a rebound against Michael Mayer of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • David Kalema of Amherst College, right, looks for a shot against James Klemm of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

    David Kalema of Amherst College, right, looks for a shot against James Klemm of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.
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  • Megan Robertson of Amherst College, right, reaches for a rebound against Jennie Harding of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Jasmine Hardy of Amherst College, right, drives to the basket against Ellen Cook of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Marcia Voight of Amherst College, right, looks for a shot while defended by Grace Rehnquist of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Megan Robertson of Amherst College, left, looks for an opportunity as Oge Uwanaka of Williams College grabs a rebound Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Bridget Crowley of Amherst College, right, drives to the basket against Grace Rehnquist of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Willy Workman of Amherst College, center, splits Williams College defenders Parker McClelland, left, and Sean Hoffmann before passing Wednesday at Amherst College.JERREY ROBERTS
  • Peter Kaasila of Amherst College, left, blocks a shot from Nate Robertson of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Willy Workman of Amherst College, right, moves the ball against Taylor Epley of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Peter Kaasila of Amherst College, left, reaches for a rebound against Michael Mayer of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • David Kalema of Amherst College, right, looks for a shot against James Klemm of Williams College Wednesday at Amherst College.<br/>JERREY ROBERTS

AMHERST — The Amherst College women’s basketball team’s latest victory over rival Williams College was a gritty, grind-it-out affair.

In spite of some poor shooting and sloppy play, Amherst defeated the Ephs 54-48 in LeFrak Gymnasium on Wednesday, keeping alive its undefeated season.

“This was a battle,” Amherst coach G.P. Gromacki said. “Obviously, you know, anytime you’re going to play Williams it’s going to be a battle. They’ve got a great team, and it was a fun game to be part of.”

Down 26-25 at the break, the Lord Jeffs (18-0 5-0 NESCAC) fought through a second half where they shot just 32.1 percent from the field, including just 2 of 15 from beyond the 3-point line.

“We just couldn’t buy a basket,” Gromacki said. “Give credit to their defense. We just didn’t make the shots that we usually make.”

Marcia Voigt made just 4 of 20 shot attempts, but tallied a game-high 16 points and helped ice the game late with a timely layup and three free throws.

“It was a hard fought” game, Voigt said. “I had an off shooting night, but when it comes down to the stretch, my foul shots kind of brought my game forward. Personally, it gives me the fire to go to practice the next day and work that much harder.”

For as poorly as the Lord Jeffs performed offensively, their defense was equally as impressive in limiting Williams (15-3, 4-1 NESCAC) to 30.4 percent shooting from the field.

“We just picked it up on defense, and that’s what really brought us forward in the game,” Voigt said. “Defensive stops (have) really powered us through and fueled our offense over the course of the season.”

With neither side able to string together an extended scoring run, the two teams seesawed their way back and forth throughout the first half, often missing open shots and throwing balls away.

Sensing the game was primed to turn at any moment, Gromacki elected to rotate only six players that logged nearly every minute for Amherst.

“It wasn’t planned ahead of time,” he said. “I just liked the flow of that group of six tonight, and we stuck with it.”

Megan Robertson scored 13 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, while Bridget Crowley added 12 points and seven rebounds in the win.

Despite the performance, Gromacki was still proud of his team as they march toward another postseason berth.

“You just keep fighting,” he said. “They worked hard all game, deserved to win and made the plays at the end when they needed to.”

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