NORTH ADAMS, MA - The Williams College women's basketball team (4-3) beat out the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Trailblazers (3-4) 91-53 on Tuesday night. The Ephs found triumph under the basket throughout the game, scoring 70 points in the paint alone and receiving 43 points from the bench.
"I was happy that we had contributions for so many people on both ends," said head coach Pat Manning. "It was a good, solid team win."
Six Ephs were in double digits points-wise, with sophomore Maggie Meehan (16 points, four rebounds, seven assists) leading the way. She was closely followed by the second-highest scorer Mikaela Topper '21 (15 points, four rebounds) and the leading rebounders co-captain Lauren Vostal '19 (seven rebounds, four assists) and junior Katie Brule (nine points, seven rebounds). MCLA's Kylah Langston and L'Rae Brundige were both tied for top scorer on the Trailblazers at 14 points apiece; Hannah Mazzeo owned eight rebounds for MCLA alone.
A shower of three-pointers from across Williams' roster put the Ephs up to an early lead that would remain a common theme throughout the game. Meehan led the charge in points during the first quarter, shooting 75% in three-pointers during the first period and contributing 11 total points to the Eph's mounting score. MCLA was unable to keep up, and ended the first period down by 20.
With Williams up 27-7 going into the second quarter, the Trailblazers attempted to close the widening gap between them and the Ephs but were unable to cut the deficit to single digits. An extremely balanced attack from Williams had eight different Ephs finding the basket in the second quarter, with standout scoring from Meghan Voss '21, whose points both in and out of the paint provided nine points for Williams. The Ephs ended up 53-20 at the half.
MCLA found a new wind in their sails in the second half, boosting their scoring in the third period to well over double their points from the first. Brunidge scored five points for her team, attempting to rally the Trailblazers from their earlier slump—and rally they did. Her effort helped MCLA score 18 points in the third in comparison to Williams' 19, and MCLA would see higher scores for the rest of the game than before. Meanwhile, on the Williams side, Topper would come onto the floor to go 2-2 in both field goals and three-pointers. The Ephs also did well controlling the ball, only making two turnovers in the third period.
The latter part of the half saw much of the same strong play from Williams, as the Eph's strong defense thwarted the Trailblazers and earned Williams 12 rebounds, eight of which were from the bench. MCLA's Langston fought back, scoring six points for her team in the last four minutes of the game; nevertheless, the Ephs rolled through and outscored the Trailblazers by four in the last period to end the game 91-53.
"We need to maintain our intensity and build on what we did today and have it carry on for our next two games," asserted Manning. "We made a step forward today and our goal is to step forward every game. It was a great team effort; a great team win."
Williams will square off against at Vassar next on Thursday at 7:00 PM.