WESTFIELD — Devon Caveney scored a career-high 31 points to help Williams roll to an 89-68 win over Westfield State on Monday night.
The Ephs (15-5) turned on the defense, holding the Owls (13-7) to 22 points below its scoring average. Westfield scored fewer than 70 points for only the second time in 20 games, and the Owls are 0-2 in those games.
It was Williams' second win in as many games, and the Ephs have now won four of their last five.
Westfield led by as many as eight points in the second quarter before the Ephs started chipping away. The Ephs took the lead for keeps when freshman Lexi Jones caught a pass from Amanni Fernandez and drained a 3-point shot with 1:24 left. Kristen Fechtelkotte's fast break layup with 32 seconds left made it 38-32, which is how the first half ended.
An old-fashioned 3-point play by Westfield's Ece Eldek with 3:19 left in the third cut Williams' lead to 48-46. A minute later, Caveney cut to the basket, took a nice pass from Lauren McCall and scored. Caveney was fouled and completed the 3-point play. Westfield got no closer.
Four of Williams' five starters scored in double figures. Katie Litman had 12 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, Fernandez had 11 points and 10 assists, while Oge Uwanaka had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Valley had 24 points to lead Westfield. Lucy Barrett of Willliamstown scored two points and had three rebounds in 18 minutes for the Owls.
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Little Three championships are second nature for the Williams squash teams. Over the weekend, both teams won their 17th consecutive championship.
In the men's round-robin, Williams beat Amherst and Wesleyan by identical 8-1 scores. The women also won their title by beating Amherst and Wesleyan by 8-1 margins.
STOWE, VT. >> Hannah Hunsicker finished seventh in the slalom for the Williams alpine ski team in a race at Mount Mansfield. Hunsicker also finished 21st in the Giant Slalom.
The top finish for a Williams man was Bryan Dailey's 15th in the slalom.
NESCAC HONORS FOR YOUNG
HADLEY >> Williams hockey player Tyler Young was named the NESCAC men's hockey player of the week.
Young, a junior forward from Sayville, N.Y., had two goals and an assist in a 2-0 week for the Ephs, who beat Tufts 4-0 and Connecticut College 3-2.