AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College held visiting Springfield College to just four points in the opening quarter and rode their hot start to a 69-36 victory over the Pride in the championship game of the 2017 Women's Basketball Tip-Off Tournament, hosted by the Mammoths on Sunday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Tournament MVP Hannah Fox '20 followed up a spectacular performance on Saturday (16 points) with an eight-point, five rebound and two steal showing in the title game.
Cam Hendricks '20 joined Fox on the All-Tournament Team, scoring 27 points between the two games.
The Pride named Emily Jacques and Heather King to the All-Tournament team, joined by Gabrielle Foy of Lyndon State and Kanndra Rhoden of Lyndon State.
The Mammoths opened up the game holding Springfield to just 2-14 from the field in the first quarter and built a 19-4 lead through the first ten minutes. They extended the lead to 37-16 by the break, behind 11 first half points from Emma McCarthy '19, who was 5-5 from the field.
King and Jacques had six points each for Springfield in the first half and ended the game with eight and nine points, respectively.
McCarthy finished the game 5-5 from the floor and co-led the Mammoths with 12 points, along with Madeline Eck '20. Senior Hannah Hackley dished out a game-high six assists and had two blocks and three steals.
Both teams struggled from behind the three-point line, with Amherst shooting 2-13 and the Pride going 1-8.
Taylor Hall scored eight points off the Pride bench, and Chelsea McAllister paced the visitors with four assists.
The hosts built their largest lead at 37 points as the third quarter wound down, holding Springfield (2-1) to just 8 points and two field goals in the third period.
Amherst had a 36-33 edge on the boards, with Natalie Nardella '20, Hackley, Eck and Fox each grabbing five boards to lead the way.
Having improved to 2-0 on the year, Amherst hosts Wesleyan on Tuesday evening in a game that will not count towards New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play. That contest tips off at 7:00 pm.