Berkshire Eagle Staff
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The last time a Williams College women's basketball team beat archrival Amherst, the Ephs knocked the Lord Jeffs from the ranks of the undefeated in 2008.
Five years and 11 losses later, the Ephs did it again. Williams scored the game's first six points and held third-ranked Amherst to 19 points in the first half en route to a 71-51 win Sunday afternoon at Chandler Gym.
The last time Williams beat Amherst was on Jan. 26, 2008, when Taylor Shea scored 16 points in a 64-59 win.
On Sunday, it was Claire Baecher who had the big game. The senior scored 30 points and pulled down eight rebounds in the victory.
Baecher scored four of her team's first six points as Williams led wire-to-wire.
Baecher was one of three Ephs (19-4, 8-1 in NESCAC) to score in double figures. Danny Rainer had 18 points and Jennie Harding 12.
Marcia Voigt had 19 points to pace Amherst. Megan Robertson, the reigning NESCAC women's player of the week, was held to 8 points.
MCLA men 65,
Framingham State 56
FRAMINGHAM -- The MCLA men have earned first-round bye in the upcoming MASCAC Tournament.
John Jones had a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Trailblazers (12-11, 9-2 in MASCAC) beat Framingham State 65-56. The win keeps them tied with Westfield State for the conference lead.
MCLA led 30-28 at halftime, but torched Framingham (8-16, 1-10) on a 15-0 run to open the second half. Framingham did cut into the lead but never caught up.
Rubin DelRosario chipped in with 10 points for MCLA.
Framingham State 74,
MCLA women 63
FRAMINGHAM -- In the first game of the doubleheader, MCLA (8-15, 0-10) trailed by two points at halftime. The Rams (13-9, 6-5) opened up the lead in the second half and held the Trailblazers at bay the rest of the way.
Three Trailblazers scored in double figures. Mariah Brown and Lucy Tremblay each scored 16 points while Kait Chenevert added 11.
Williams men split series
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Less than 24 hours after beating Middlebury for the first time since 2005, the Panthers came back and ruined Williams' weekend.
Riley Dickie's goal at 1:04 of the second period was the game winner on Sunday as the Panthers beat the Ephs 3-1. On Saturday night, John Wickman scored twice in Williams' 6-2 win.
Dickie's goal gave Middlebury (11-9-2, 10-4-2) a 2-0 lead. Cody Skinner came back and cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal at 9:30. While Williams (13-6-3, 10-4-2) couldn't get on the board again, Middlebury's Ben Wiggins got an insurance goal at 2:28 of the third period.
Williams coach Bill Kangas pulled goalie Sean Dougherty with 2:12 left in the game, but the Ephs were unable to get back on the board.
Williams women 1
WILLIAMSTOWN -- Cristina Bravi scored at 4:15 of the first period for Williams (8-13-1, 4-9-1), and that was how the first period ended.
Middlebury (15-5-2, 12-2-2) answered with four unanswered tallies to hand the Ephs a defeat.
Kate Sullivan's power-play goal at 13:33 of the second period was the game winner. The Panthers added an empty net goal at 18:37.