AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 3 Amherst College women's basketball team began the defense of their national championship with an 81-38 victory over Lyndon State College in the opening game of the Amherst Women's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst (1-0) will play in the championship game tomorrow at 4:00 pm against the winner of Springfield and Farmingdale State.
Lyndon State (0-1) is back on the court at LeFrak at 1:00 pm for the Consolation Game of the Tip-Off Tournament.
The Mammoths outscored their opponents 22-5 in the second quarter to expand an eleven point lead to a 28 point route.
Cam Hendricks '20 led the way with 20 points and was a perfect 8-8 from the floor and 4-4 from behind the three-point line, where the Mammoths were 9-18 as a team. Hannah Fox '20 scored 16 points and had six rebounds, while Maeve McNamara '19 scored 14 points and dished out three assists off the Amherst bench.
Lyndon State, led by 13 points from Mikayla Hodge, stayed competitive in the third quarter, in which they were outscored just 21-19 by Amherst, but the Mammoths again put the defensive locks on in the final ten minutes, holding the visitors to just five points and building to their biggest lead, the final margin of 43 points. The Hornets committed 33 turnovers in the contest, more than double that of the Mammoths, and Amherst turned that into 38 points off turnovers and 14 fast break points.
Hendricks hit a three at the buzzer of the first quarter to put the lead in double figures (20-9), where it would stay for the rest of the game. The Mammoths then held the Hornets without a point for nearly eight minutes while the lead grew to 35-11.
Amherst led 42-14 at the break, having shot 48.5% from the field and 54.5% from downtown in the first half, while holding Lyndon State to 26.3% from the field and forcing 19 turnovers.
Abigail Salvadore and Gabrielle Foy were ach in double figures for Lyndon State with ten points apiece, but the rest of the Hornets team combined for just five points, though Victoria Carlson had a game-high four assists, as well as two steals.