CASTLETON, VT. — The Williams College women's basketball team finished its non-conference schedule with 10 wins and a national ranking.
The Ephs (11-1) open NESCAC play Friday night with a home game against Amherst. The Ephs tuned up with a 58-45 win over Castleton State (9-2).
Lauren McCall scored a season-high 16 points for Williams and was one of three Eph starters to score in double figures. Amanni Fernandez had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Devon Caveney had 12 points.
The 16 points were the most scored by McCall since she had 25 in an 81-43 win over Castleton last year.
Coming into the game, Williams was ranked 18th in the D3hoops.com national poll and 19th in the USA Today coaches poll.
When Williams plays Amherst, the Jeffs will come to Chandler with a No. 2 ranking by D3hoops.com and a No. 3 ranking by USA Today.
The host Spartans led only once, 6-5, on a 3-point basket by Lindsay Sabo with 7:40 left.
Williams answered when McCall took a pass from Oge Uwanaka and drained a trey of her own. The Ephs never trailed again.
Williams led by as many as 19 points, that coming late in the third quarter.
Coach Pat Manning had to be happy with Williams' ball movement. The Ephs had 15 assists on 19 made baskets.
Sabo led Castleton with 14 points.
Williams is one of four NESCAC teams in the D3hoops Top 25. Along with the Ephs and Amherst, Tufts is 14th and Bowdoin is 22nd. In the coaches poll, Tufts is ranked 11th.
EPH TEAMS IN NATIONAL RANKINGS
WILLIAMSTOWN >> The Williams women's basketball team isn't the only nationally-ranked team on the Williams campus.
The Williams wrestling team is currently ranked 16th in the Division III national poll. The Ephs head to Williamsport, Pa., this weekend for the Budd Whitehill Duals at Lycoming College. Williams, Lycoming, Trine and Milliken will compete.