WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Williams College women's basketball team (1-0) began their season on Friday with a home opener, defeating the Skidmore Thoroughbreds (0-3) 65-35. Leading the Ephs in points were co-captain Lauren Vostal (11 points, 11 rebounds) , Katie Brule '20 (12 points, 8 rebounds), and Emily Chang '20 (11 points). Sophomore Gabby Martin, Junior Emily Peckam, and Vostal amassed three rebounds each. Leading the Skidmore Thoroughbreds in scoring were Haley English with eight points, Lily Berg with eight rebounds, and Jessica Centore with three assists.
The Ephs wasted no time building up their lead, thanks in part to senior co-captain Lauren Vostal scoring two layups and a free throw within the first minute and a half of the game. A free throw by Skidmore's Haley English broke Vostal's streak, and neither team was able to gain an advantage over the other until Williams' Maggie Meehan sunk a jump shot. Two three-pointers in a row from junior Emily Chang helped Williams close the first quarter up 18-9.
By the half, the both teams had nearly doubled their first quarter scores, with Williams leading 32-17. Skidmore started the second quarter strong with a series of free throws from Sydney Tsutsui and Lily Berg, but the Ephs rebounded to advance past the Thoroughbreds in the latter part of the quarter.
An emphasis in defensive pressure during the preseason paid off, as the Ephs kept Skidmore on their toes through the last half of the game, allowing Williams to pull ahead of the Thoroughbreds to bring up their lead to 49-26 by the end of the third quarter. Both Emily Peckham and Katie Brule scored six points apiece, with a chain of layups from each player. Going into the fourth quarter, Vostal made three layups within the first four minutes. First-year Maddy Mandyck and Brule each put up four points to bring the Ephs to the win 65-35.
"This was a great team win because everyone contributed in some way," said Eph head coach Pat Manning.
The Ephs will continue play in the Morin Memorial Classic tomorrow against Oneonta State at 3:00 PM.