AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College received a game-high 11 points from Maeve McNamara '19 off the bench, and the Purple & White held a 44-13 lead at halftime to help pace the No. 1/1 Purple & White to a 65-37 victory over Regis College in Friday evening's NCAA Division III Championship First Round women's basketball game at LeFrak Gymnasium.
With the win, Amherst improves to 28-0 on the season and will take on No. 22/T-19 University of Mary Washington (24-4) in NCAA Second Round play Saturday, March 4 at 6 p.m. at LeFrak Gymnasium.
In the opening quarter Amherst spread its offense around, receiving six points from Emma McCarthy '19 and five points from Meredith Doswell '17, while Hannah Fox '20 swished a triple off the bench. The Purple & White defense limited Regis to just two points in the first quarter when Shannon Hayes hit a jumper with 50 seconds remaining in the opening period.
The Pride scored five of the first seven points of the second quarter as Amanda Hawkesworth powered in a layup, while Mikayla Murphy struck from long distance to set the score at 22-7 in favor of Amherst. The hosts then used a 9-0 run to push its lead to 31-7 following a pair of McNamara free throws with 5:54 on the clock in the second quarter. A swish from beyond-the-arc by McNamara, a late three-point play by Madeline Eck '20, and two more foul shots by McNamara helped the Purple & White stake a 44-13 lead at intermission.
In the third stanza, Regis outscored Amherst, 12-5 behind a six-point effort from Brittany Stone who netted 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, while Sam D'Angelo added four points. The Pride shot 37.5% in the third quarter, and limited the Purple & White to just 18.2% efficiency from the floor as Ali Doswell '17 hit a trey, while Jackie Nagle '18 added a layup in the session.
The fourth quarter saw Amherst pull away on the strength of five points from Meghan Sullivan '19, four from Eck two each from McNamara and Natalie Nardella '20, while Jenna Schumacher '19 canned a three-pointer. D'Angelo scored four of Regis's 12 points in the frame, while Linsay Bumila added three.
BY THE NUMBERS
- McNamara was 3-for-5 from the field and 4-for-4 from the free throw line en route to her game-best 11 points and added three assists in the winning effort.
- Eck chipped in nine points off the bench, while Fox chimed in with eight points highlighted by a pair of treys. Sullivan and McCarthy led Amherst with five rebounds each while Hannah Hackley '18 and McNamara dished out three assists each.
- Regis was led by D'Angelo who finished with nine points, while Hawkesworth and Stone contributed six points each. Stone also pulled down a game-best nine boards the losing effort.