MIAMI, FLA. – In their first of two games in Miami this week, the Williams Ephs (9-0) cruised to their ninth straight win to open the season against the Delaware Valley Aggies (1-9), winning by a 98-50 score.
Scoring a season-high 98 points on 48.1% shooting, including 61 points on 57.5% shooting in the first half, the Ephs put forth their best offensive effort of the season. The Ephs were especially careful with the ball, not giving up a single point off of their own turnovers while scoring 33 off of Aggies turnovers. Many Ephs contributed significantly to the win, as the team scored a season-high 52 bench points.
Despite not having played in over a week, the Ephs played smooth and efficient basketball. "We played really freely, and it was a fun game for everybody today," said Eph head coach Pat Manning following the win. "We executed well, especially for not having played in so long, and it all came together."
Maggie Meehan '21 led Williams with 20 points, while Morgan Dauk '21 recorded a double-double – her first of the season – with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Two other Ephs, Priscilla Singleton-Eriyo '23 and Katie Brule '20, scored in double digits, with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"When [Morgan] comes in, she makes things happen," remarked Manning on Dauk's standout performance. "She's always been able to score offensively, but she had a great game on rebounding and defense."
Singleton-Eriyo had her best game as an Eph so far, scoring her highest point total at Williams so far and making all seven of her free throws. "Priscilla took advantage of her opportunity today. She had some good shots that got her to the line, and going 7-for-7 is pretty impressive," commented Manning.
After falling behind 8-7 to start the game, a jump shot by Meehan gave the Ephs the lead for good, starting a 25-6 run that spanned the rest of the quarter. The Ephs shot with impressive efficiency, making 14 of 22 (63.6%) of their first-quarter shots, including 4 of 6 (66.7%) from beyond the arc. The Ephs finished the quarter with a commanding, 32-14 lead. The Ephs kept up their momentum in the second quarter, as they made four more three-pointers and scored 29 more points to extend their lead to 61-27. Williams dominated the boards in the first half, outrebounding Delaware Valley 24-15.
Williams spread the ball around in the first half, with no Eph scoring more than the 14 by Meehan, and all but one Williams player recorded at least one point. Mikaela Topper '21 led the team with five assists at the break, while four Ephs recorded at least three rebounds. The Ephs capitalized on Aggie turnovers without giving them chances to do the same, scoring 18 points off turnovers to Delaware Valley's 0.
While the Ephs were not quite as efficient from the floor in the second half, they still extended their lead, which ballooned to as much as 50 points towards the end of the game. While both teams scored at a similar pace in the third quarter, with Williams outscoring Delaware Valley 25-16, the fourth quarter was much slower offensively, with the two teams combining for just 19 points. In the second half, the Ephs never let their lead fall below 32 points.
Williams held Delaware Valley to just 15 of 52 (28.8%) from the floor, including a 4 of 21 (19.0%) clip on three-pointers. The Ephs forced 19 Aggie turnovers, scored 46 points in the paint, and outrebounded the Aggies 45-30. On offense, the Ephs' ball movement was the best it's been all season.
"We've got such an unselfish team," said Manning. "Everyone believes in each other, and we're moving the ball like that because there's a lot of trust on the court."
Tomorrow at 2:00PM, the Ephs look to go 2-0 on their Miami trip, and 10-0 for the season, in a match against Ursinus.