Mass. College Hoops: Amherst, Williams Fall Short In NCAA Semifinals

By Matt Noonan 

Neither Amherst College or Williams College will have a chance to win a NCAA Division III championship this weekend as both women’s basketball squads fell short in their semifinal contests. Below are the highlights from each game.

Wisconsin-Whitewater 64, Amherst College 62 (OT) – Mary Merg sank two buzzer-beaters — one at the end of regulation and one at the end of the extra session, which helped the Warhawks escape their semifinal matchup with a victory. Merg led all players with 18 points, while Marcia Voigt paced Amherst with 16 points. Jasmine Hardy recorded 15 points in the setback, while teammates Megan Robertson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Cheyenne Pritchard tallied 12 points. Amherst concludes its season with a 30-2 mark.

DePauw 59, Williams College 56 – Savannah Trees and Kate Walker combined for three points at the stripe during the final 32 seconds to secure DePauw a spot in tomorrow’s championship. Claire Baecher‘s trifecta with 35 seconds remaining brought the Ephs within four, but Trees and Walker answered with free throws to seal the victory. Ellen Cook led Williams with 12 points, while Jennie Harding finished with 11 points and Danny Rainer added 10 points. Baecher finished with nine points, six rebounds and four blocks. Williams concludes their campaign 27-5 overall.

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