#1 Williams College def. #8 Bowdoin College, 82-62
The nation’s top-ranked Ephs move to 24-1 on the season as they demolished the Polar Bears in Williamstown, Mass. Australian international James Wang ’12 pushed the Williams lead to 18 at halftime. Troy Whittington ’11 and Wang led the charge for the Ephs with 14 points each. Randy DeFeo, Bowdoin’s lone senior, led the Polar Bears with 14 points in his final collegiate game.
#2 Middlebury College def. #7 Connecticut College, 61-41
Middlebury, ranked third in the nation, held Conn. College to a dismal 22 percent shooting from the floor. Jake Wolfin ’13 provided a solid all-around performance with 10 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals for the Panthers as they advance to the conference semifinals.
#3 Amherst College def. #6 Bates College, 77-61
Bates senior forward Brian Ellis’ 23 points weren’t enough to overcome a strong team effort by the Lord Jeffs. Five men in purple scored in double-digits for Amherst as they used a 13-0 second half run to pull away. Amherst will travel down the road to Williams to face Middlebury in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) semifinals.
#4 Trinity College def. #5 Tufts University, 70-47
Trinity co-captain Luke MacDougall ’11 scored a game-high 20 points and added five rebounds as Trinity advances to play Williams in the NESCAC semifinals. No Tufts player scored in double-digits.
#1 Amherst def. #8 Trinity, 57-32
The nation’s second-ranked team, Amherst, improved to 24-1 on the season as they easily dispatched Trinity in Amherst, Mass. Jaci Daigneault ’11 led the Lord Jeffs with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Lem Atenga McCormick added 11 points off the bench. No Trinity player scored in double-digits.
#3 Bowdoin def. #6 Bates, 69-51
Katie Bergeron ’11 led the Polar Bears with a game-high 18 points and added six assists and five steals. Bowdoin will make its 11th straight conference semifinal appearance. Jessie Igoe ’11 led the Bobcats with 13 points in her final collegiate appearance.
#4 Williams def. #5 Tufts, 69-64 (OT)
Williams overcame a seven-point deficit with less than four minutes to play to defeat Tufts in overtime. Taylor Shea ’11 scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Vanessa Miller ’11 scored a game-high 20 points in defeat.