WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Behind a big third quarter, the Williams College women's basketball team (2-0) defeated the Husson Eagles (0-2) 72-54 in a home non-conference matchup on Sunday afternoon, winning their second straight game to start the 2017-2018 season.
Senior Kristin Fechtelkotter led the Ephs with 17 points (5-6 shooting). Emily Chang (15 points, 5-6 three-point shooting), Amanni Fernandez (11 points, six rebounds), and Maggie Meehan (nine points) also contributed for the Ephs. The Eagles were led by Kenzie Worcester (22 points, four rebounds).
Williams head coach Pat Manning praised her team for building a lead on the Eagles right away, "I thought we started off the game really well." The Ephs got on top of Husson early, building a 12-point lead in the first quarter (21-9) behind a trio of three-pointers from Chang. However, this lead for the Ephs did not last long, as the Eagles came back to tie the game at 23 with 4:36 to go in the second quarter.
Williams built their lead again to end the second quarter, going up on Husson 38-30 at halftime. The Ephs shot 15-27 (55.6%) from the field in the first half, while the Eagles shot just 12-32 (37.5%). The senior Fechtelkotter led the Ephs here, scoring 11 points in the first half on an efficient 4-5 shooting from the field.
Williams started out the second half on a 14-0 run, bringing the game to 52-30 with 2:03 remaining in the third. The Williams defense was dominant during this stretch, preventing Husson from scoring a field goal for the first eight minutes of the second half. The Ephs outscored the Eagles 15-5 in the fourth quarter, bringing their lead to 53-35.
Williams maintained this lead throughout the fourth. Sophomore Emily Chang continued to shoot the ball lights-out from beyond the ark, hitting two more three-pointers in the second half. Coach Manning acknowledged Chang's dynamic play, noting how she came off the bench and provided a spark for the Williams offense today.
The Ephs moved the ball well, having assists on 17 of their 27 field goals, whereas the Eagles assisted on just seven of 21. Meehan led Williams with four helpers. Coach Manning commended the first year Meehan, noting that she really stepped up today.
Williams outrebounded Husson 47-36. For the second straight game, Emily Peckham was a force on the boards for the Ephs, picking up nine rebounds.
Williams will continue their stretch of non-conference matchups at Springfield on Tuesday, November 21th at 6:30 p.m. while Husson hosts Thomas (Maine) on Tuesday, November 28th at 5:30 p.m.