WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – A 7-0 run at the start of the fourth quarter put the Williams College Ephs (3-0) ahead for good over the Endicott College Gulls (1-2). The score was 62-49 at game's end.
The Gulls started the game on a 12-5 run with four players getting into the scoring column. However, the Ephs clawed their way back into the game after a timeout, courtesy of three straight buckets by Meehan. At the end of the opening quarter, the Ephs only trailed by one point.
Williams broke the stalemate in the second quarter, pushing the score to 33-28 at half. Meehan had 12 points in the first 20 minutes, while Peckham already had 14 rebounds. Her presence inside allowed the Ephs to have 32 rebounds to the Gulls' 14, giving them a huge advantage by eliminating second-chance points and creating extra opportunities on offense through offensive rebounds.
The Ephs looked to pull away in the third, at points winning by double digits. Whenever the game was on the verge of becoming a blowout, however, Endicott strung points together to bring the game back within reach. Still, the Ephs had a sizeable advantage heading into the fourth quarter, leading 48-40.
The team had no plans to relinquish the lead, playing outstanding defense that only gave up 5 points in the quarter until the last minute. Meehan continued her scoring barrage with an additional 6 points in the quarter, including a deep three released just before the shot clock expired.
"Rebounding was a major emphasis for us today," said head coach Pat Manning. "Emily was outstanding, and Maggie got it done on both ends of the floor today… We'll have to regroup and get ready for tomorrow's game."
The Ephs will play in the championship of the Morin Memorial Tournament tomorrow against the winner of Westfield State University (3-1) and Rhode Island College (2-0). The game will be at 3pm tomorrow in Chandler Gymnasium.