WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams College women's basketball team (1-0) started off the 2017-2018 season strong, using a high-scoring second half to fuel a 77-57 home victory over St. Lawrence University (0-1) Friday night in non-conference action.
The Ephs were led by Amanni Fernandez (14 points, 7 assists), Lauren Vostal (13 points), and Kristin Fechtelkotter (12 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists). The Saints were paced by Katie Frederick (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Meghan Hynes (9 points).
The Ephs and Saints traded leads in the first half, and St. Lawrence was up by four points at the end of the first quarter (19-15). The Ephs retook the lead briefly in the second quarter after first year Maggie Meehan scored 4 straight points (23-21). A handful of first year players also stepped up in their first game for the Ephs; Meehan scored seven points, Mikaela Topper put up 12, and Gabby Martin had five.
The Saints led 30-28 at intermission, outrebounding the Ephs 26-12 in the first half. Ephs head coach Pat Manning acknowledged the Ephs' rebounding woes early on, noting that "we made some adjustments for the second half." Manning's game plan paid off, as the Ephs ended up winning the rebound battle by eight in the second half.
The Ephs' big second half started with a 10-0 run that brought the lead to 45-39. Junior Lauren Vostal fueled this surge for the Ephs, scoring eight of her 13 points here. After the game, Coach Manning mentioned Vostal's big performance, praising the great "amount of time that Lauren put into getting better this summer." This lead grew to as many as seven at various points in the third quarter (52-45).
Williams pulled away from St. Lawrence in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Saints by 13 (25-12). Fernandez and Fechtelkotter each put up five points here as the Ephs climbed to their first victory of the season.
All in all, the Ephs outscored the Saints by 22 points in the second half (49-27). Despite the high scoring, Manning attributed her team's success in the second half to work on the defensive side of the ball, "I thought Emily Peckham and Kristen Fechtelkotter just played great defense in the second half to shut them down." Topper, Fernandez, and Martin also led the Ephs on the defensive side of the ball.
For the entire game, St. Lawrence outrebounded Williams 39-33, but the Ephs had eight more boards than the Saints in the second half. Emily Peckham led Williams with 10 rebounds.
Williams will host Husson on Sunday, November 19th at 1 p.m. while St. Lawrence returns to action tomorrow at Williams against Husson at 12 p.m.