Rowan Womans Basketball Loses to Amherst(4th in the nation) 78-57 in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University women’s basketball team had its season come to an end on Saturday in a 78-57 loss to Amherst College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Amherst (28-1) moves on to the sectionals to face Stevens Institute of Technology (26-6) on Friday, March 11 at a site to be determined. The Ducks defeated SUNY Geneseo (21-8) in a second round contest. The Profs end the campaign with a 23-6 record.

Guard Ali Doswell (jr. Richmond, VA/St. Catherine’s) poured in 34 points. Guard/forward Hannah Hackley (so. Westford, MA/Westford Academy) and guard Haley Zwecker (sr. Atlanta, GA/Pace Academy) each scored 10 points. Forward Meredith Doswell (jr. Richmond, VA/St. Catherine’s) grabbed 16 rebounds and had eight points.

For Rowan, guard Anyssa Sanchez (jr. Stratford, NJ/Sterling) recorded 13 points. Forward Kate Matthews (gr. Clark, NJ/Arthur L. Johnson) collected 12 points and nine boards. Guard Valerie Garofalo (jr. Ventnor, NJ/Holy Spirit) added 10 points.

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GUARD VALERIE GAROFALO 22  Finishes with 10 Points

The game was tied at four (8:12) then Amherst used a 9-2 spurt to take a 13-6 lead with 3:37 on the clock. Ali Doswell had five points and Hackley had four. Rowan got to within four (15-11) at the 1:33 mark. Ali Doswell scored the next seven points, extending the advantage to 11 (22-11) with 25-seconds remaining. Guard Alex Raring (so. Linwood, NJ/Mainland Reg.) hit a jumper (0:08) to make the score 22-13 after one.

The Profs tallied the first six points of the second, three each by Garofalo and Sanchez to trim the deficit to three (22-19) with 9:20 remaining. The score was 24-21 (8:42) then Amherst went on an 18-4 run that included six points from guard Cheyenne Pritchard (sr. Ames, IA/Ames), Zwecker and Ali Doswell to open up a 42-25 lead (1:19). Amherst led 44-29 at halftime.

Amherst expanded the cushion to as many as 22 points in the third quarter and the lead ballooned to 26 points in the fourth. Rowan could only get as close as 15 points in the second half and fell by the 21-point margin.

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