WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Juniors Maggie Meehan and Mikaela Topper contributed 23 and 22 points respectively to lead the Ephs to an 83-48 win over visting MCLA.The Williams College Ephs (1 - 0) opened up their season by beating the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Trailblazers (1 - 2) 97 to 44 in a non-conference game at home in Chandler gymnasium.
One minute into the first quarter, the Ephs' scoring started with a 3-pointer from Topper. MCLA's Olivia Pressley answered back and started the Trailblazers' scoring with a lay-up for two points two and a half minutes later. A steal from Morgan Dauk '21 resulted in a layup from Gabby Martin '21 to put the Ephs up 20-4 with three minutes left in the quarter, and caused the Trailblazers to call a timeout. After the timeout, shots by both teams led the first quarter ending 25-13 in favor of Williams.
The beginning of the second quarter was highlighted by a three-point bucket made by the Ephs' Emily Chang that was immediately followed by the Trailblazers' Emily Burke making a three-point shot within the same minute. The Ephs' defense held strong throughout the quarter, especially as Topper played 1v1 defense despite her shoe falling off. A three-point shot made by Martin as the buzzer went off made the score 48-24 Williams at the end of the second quarter.
Fifteen seconds into the third quarter, Chang scored another three-pointer. Thirty seconds later, the Trailblazers' Burke answered back with another three points. MCLA called another time out with six minutes left in the third quarter, when the score was 55-33. The Ephs' momentum was not slowed, however, as Williams scored five more points in the 90 seconds following the timeout. The third quarter ended with a three-point shot by Maggie Meehan and a lay-up from Topper, making the score 75-33.
The fourth quarter brought strong offense and defense for both the Ephs and the Trailblazers. Sophomore Mia Holtze and firstyears Priscilla Singelton-Eriyo, and Grace Feinberg all had significant points, and rebounds after shots. Duak also played tough defense, coming up with several rebounds and blocks against the Trailblazers. MCLA's Olivia Pressley, Kylah Langston, and Brooke DiGennaro also scored. The game ended with a score of 97-44 in favor of Williams.
After winning the first game of her thirtieth season with the Ephs, head coach Pat Manning was pleased with not only the outcome, but also the various different players that contributed to it. "Our defense definitely improved as the game went on, and I was really happy with our rebounds, ball movement, and overall execution," she commented.
Next, the Ephs will take on Vassar College this coming Tuesday, November 19th, at 7pm, at home for their second game of the season.