Williams College women's hoops wins again


WILLIAMSTOWN -- Two days, two wins, and the Williams College women’s basketball team has yet to play a game on its home court.

Forced to move its season-opening invitational because of the NCAA Division III volleyball tournament that occupied Chandler Gym, the Ephs played a rare game at Lasell Gym on Sunday and rolled to a 71-53 win over Plattsburgh State.

Williams beat Babson on Saturday at MCLA’s Amsler Campus Center. Sunday’s game was moved to the school’s old gym, a floor where the Eph women play a lot of pickup basketball.

Despite that, it took the Ephs nearly three minutes to score a point. Kellie McDonald, the tournament MVP, made a pair of free throws to give Williams a 2-0 lead. MacDonald, who finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds, then converted two fast break layups for a 6-0 advantage Williams never surrendered.

Williams led 32-21 at halftime, but if the Cardinals had hopes of a comeback, it wasn’t going to happen. University of Minnesota transfer Jane Thompson, who had 10 points, drained a 3-point basket to open the half. MacDonald got a defensive rebound and took it coast-to-coast, and All-Tournament team member Ellen Cook rebounded a miss and hit a trey to start the second half with an 8-0 run.

Lauren McCall came off the bench to score a game-high 17 points for the Ephs, while Cook added 10.

Williams men 5, Bowdoin 2

WILLIAMSTOWN -- Less than 24 hours after battling Colby to a tie, the Ephs beat defending NESCAC champion Bowdoin 5-2 on Sunday afternoon.

While five different Williams players scored goals, it was Craig Kitto who had the big game. He scored the Ephs’ second goal and assisted on two others.

Williams scored two first-period goals, by James McNamara and Kitto, and never trailed.

The Polar Bears, who were outshot 37-29, pulled to within a goal when Joe Lace scored at 13:25 of the second period.

Williams pot the game away with a pair of goals within a 1:05 span in the third period. Greg Johnson scored at 5:43 and George Hunkele made it 5-2 at 6:48.

Sean Dougherty had 25 saves for Williams, while Bowdoin’s Steve Messina had 34 saves.

Saturday night, Williams outshot Colby 42-33, including 26-18 over the first two periods, but only got a second-period goal from Nick Anderson in a 1-1 tie.


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