NORTH ADAMS >> The MCLA women's basketball team increased its winning streak to six, using its smothering defense to earn a 53-43 win over Simmons College on Saturday.
The Trailblazers held the Sharks to just 15 points at halftime, forcing 17 first-half turnovers.
Four 'Blazers scored in double figures, led by 11 from Kayla Hotaling. Hoosac Valley graduate McKenzie Robinson added 10 points including two three-pointers.
MCLA hosts Mount Holyoke on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
WILLIAMS 81, CLARKSON 59
In Williamstown, Devon Caveney scored 29 points, leading Williams (6-0) to a comfortable win over Clarkson. Caveney shot an efficient 10 of 16 from the field, adding three rebounds, three assists and one block. Amanni Fernandez notched a double-double, scoring 20 points and passing out 11 assists.
The Ephs led by 13 after three quarters and used a 26-17 fourth to ice the game.
Williams will host Smith College on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
WILLIAMS 3, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 1
In New London, Conn., after being shut out for the first two periods, Williams used a three-goal third to pull away from Connecticut College.
C.J. Shugart started the scoring for Williams, 7 minutes and 42 seconds into the final period.
The Camels' Tim Dipretoro tied the game at 1-1 off an assist from Joe Giordano, but Michael Lata answered with the go-ahead goal just 13 seconds later.
David Italiano added an insurance goal on a power play late in the third period.
The Ephs improve to 5-1. They'll travel to Amherst to face the rival Lord Jeffs on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
WILLIAMS 3, WESLEYAN (CONN.) 0
In Middleton, Conn., Williams completes its weekend sweep of Wesleyan, earning a shutout victory.
After a scoreless first period, Kearan Burke broke the tie, scoring off an assist from Talia Simon, 9 minutes and 53 seconds into the second period.
Michaela Levine added two goals in the third period.
Christina Cleroux earned the shutout in net. She made 33 saves.
Williams will travel to face Utica Saturday at 3 p.m.
DARROW SCHOOL 39, FAITH CHRISTIAN 35
In Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Junior Frank Deng scored 17 points, leading a short-handed team to victory. The Ducks were missing four players, but Deng, along with Louis Roberts and Vincent Liang provided just enough support to pull out the close win.
DARROW SCHOOL 59, FAITH CHRISTIAN 24
In Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Luna Porcaro scored 17 points, leading the Ducks to a commanding win. Luna added seven rebounds and five steals as well. Natasha Santiago recorded a double-double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 14 rebounds.