WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Williams College scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back Monday evening, registering an 88-40 victory over Plymouth State University in the second game of the Williams Winter Classic Women’s Basketball Tournament.
The Ephs, who improved to 9-1 overall, advance to the tournament championship game Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. against undefeated Bates College (9-0). The Bobcats were 91-60 winners over Clark University in the opening game of the tournament. Plymouth State and Clark will meet Tuesday at 3:00 p.m. in the consolation game.
Sophomore Meghan O’Malley (Topsfield, Mass.) led a balanced Williams offense with 15 points. Junior Colleen Hession (Northampton, Mass.) and freshman Meghan Gleeson (Nashua, N.H.) added 11 points apiece, and sophomore Maggie Miller (Wellesley, Mass.) chipped in with 10.
PSU had two players finish in double figures in scoring – senior Betsy Oswalt (Jaffrey, N.H.) with 11 points and sophomore Colleen Mahoney (North Attleboro, Mass.) with 10.
Williams shot 60 percent from the field in the first half and 51.5 percent for the game while enjoying a 51-43 advantage on the boards. A tough Eph defense held PSU to a 17.6 percent shooting percentage for the game while forcing 27 Panther turnovers. Plymouth State was dismal in the first half, making only two of 28 shots.
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