WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Williams College women's basketball team (3-2) defeated the Alfred University Saxons (1-4) 81-40 on Friday night. This was the first game in the Williams Women's Basketball Holiday Classic, rounded out by teams from Tufts and New England College.
All of the Ephs had points on the board, with three in double-digits—senior co-captain Lauren Vostal (16 points), junior Emily Chang (13 points), and senior co-captain Lexi Jones (11 points, seven rebounds). Gabby Martin '21 had the most assists for Williams with four. Katlyn Boland had the most points for the Saxons with 10, as well as three assists. She was followed by Bri Hicks, who scored seven points for Alfred.
"It's great for kids who work so hard in practice every day to be able to now get some play time," said head coach Pat Manning. "We're moving the ball much better—we still need to take care of it more, but I was still really happy with our rebounds and thought it was a really solid team effort."
Williams wasted no time building up their lead in the first period, with Vostal scoring eight points within the first two minutes alone. Alfred experienced some shooting troubles, but was shored up by Lyndsey McCoy and Jamie Wilcox, who pushed ahead to put the Saxons on the board and scored a layup apiece. The Ephs built up a strong lead quickly, with Maggie Meehan and Jones both scoring five points each. Williams ended the first quarter up 30-10, and did not lose the lead for the rest of the game.
The rest of the half saw more success from the Ephs, both in scoring and in rebounds. After subbing in around four minutes in, junior Emily Chang made three three-point shots within a minute and a half, boosting Williams to 49-17 over the Saxons. The Ephs would score once more before the end of the second period, with senior Caroline Lovisolo sinking a jump shot. She was answered by Chanice Battle for the Saxons, who made a speedy layup with about 30 seconds on the clock to end the half with Williams up 51-22.
Williams held a lead of 29 points or more for the entire third period. A relatively low-scoring third quarter saw the teams fall almost even in scoring. Boland posted four points for her team in an attempt to ward off the Ephs, but it was not enough to stop Williams from retaining the lead, even though the Pilgrims scored only one less point during the third quarter than Williams. With 10 seconds to go in the period, Wilcox made a steal to sink Alfred's first three-pointer of the game. The Ephs went into the fourth quarter up 63-33 and locked down the ball with 11 rebounds. Layups from across the Eph's roster and a three-pointer from sophomore Meghan Voss helped Williams maintain a large lead for the rest of the game. Alfred's Hicks managed two steals and scored three points for her team in an effort to make a comeback for the Saxons, but fell short. In the end, Williams ran out the clock, ending the match 81-40.
"We feel our execution is getting better; we're moving the ball better; our energy is where it needs to be," stated Manning. "This has been a big week for us—we made giant strides on Sunday against Eastern Connecticut and we want to continue that."
Williams will play Tufts tomorrow at 3:00 PM in the Holiday Classic championship game.