AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 1/1 Amherst College women's basketball team had three different players score in double figures, and the Purple & White defense held Hamilton to single digits in each period to help seal a 67-21 victory over the Continentals Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst concludes its regular season 24-0, 10-0 in league play, while Hamilton moves to 10-12 overall, 3-7 in NESCAC action.
Amherst got off to a fast start in the opening quarter, scoring the first 14 points of the game behind treys from Jaimie Renner '17 and Meghan Sullivan '19 and six points from Ali Doswell '17. Lauren Getman scored Hamilton's first bucket of the contest at the 5:41 mark of the first quarter but the Purple & White closed out the frame scoring nine of the next 12 points to stake a 23-5 lead after 10 minutes of action.
The second quarter saw Amherst edge Hamilton, 8-5, as Meredith Doswell '17 scored four points, while Emma McCarthy '19 and Madeline Eck '20 added a bucket each. Carly O'Hern and Halie Serbent chipped in a basket each for the visitors as the Purple & White held a 31-10 lead at intermission.
Amherst came out strong in the third quarter, holding Hamilton scoreless for the first 8:40 of the third frame. McCarthy and Eck scored eight points in the third stanza as Eck nailed a pair of treys, while McCarthy was 4-for-5 from the field. Camille Walter swished a triple late in the stanza for the Continentals' lone points of the quarter.
In the fourth period, Natalie Nardella '20 scored seven of Amherst's 10 points on a 3-for-4 effort from the floor, while Cam Hendricks '20 added three points on a field goal and a free throw. Mia Caterisano notched four of Hamilton's eight points in the final period.
BY THE NUMBERS
- McCarthy led all players with 14 points on 7-of-14 shooting from the field and hauled in a game-high 11 rebound, dished out two assists, recorded three steals and blocked two shots. Ali Doswell followed with 11 points and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line in addition to picking up five rebounds.
- Eck added 10 points off the bench on 4-for-4 shooting, while Nardella logged all seven points in the fourth quarter.
- Serbent and Caterisano led Hamilton with four points each, while Kate Bushell led the Continentals with 10 boards.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- With the win, Amherst clinches the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship tournament.
- The Purple & White are the first seed for the fifth time under 10th-year head coach G.P. Gromacki, and the first time since the 2011-12 campaign.
- Amherst went undefeated during the regular season for the third time in 2016-17, having previously remained unblemished in 2009-10 and 2011-12.