AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst forced thirty-three turnovers and collected 18 steals to help defeat Wesleyan University 64-40 on Tuesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium in a women's basketball game that counts towards the Little III title but not the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) standings.
Amherst, who improves to 3-0 and deals the Cardinals their first loss of the year (2-1), got double-digit scoring from four of their starters, led by Hannah Hackley '18, who was 7-11 from the floor and scored 18 points.
The Mammoths forced Wesleyan into 20 miscues in the opening half and held the Cardinals to single-digit scoring in each of the first two quarters (6 and 8 points). They have now held their opponents in single digits in at least two quarters in each of their first three games this year.
Wesleyan ended the night shooting 29.2% from the field while Amherst shot 23-54 (42.6%). Tara Berger paced the Cardinals with nine points and seven rebounds, and Maddie Bledsoe pulled down eight boards, helping Wesleyan to a 38-33 edge on the glass.
Ending the first quarter on an 8-2 run, Amherst took a 13-6 lead into the opening break. They extended that lead by shooting 54.5% from the floor in the second quarter and opened up a 24-6 advantage on a three-pointer by Meghan Sullivan '19 and a three-point play by Emma McCarthy '19.
Sullivan scored 12 points in the win, and McCarthy filled the stat sheet with 11 points, seven rebounds, two blocks and a game-high six steals.
Joining in the scoring was Amherst sophomore Madeline Eck, who went 5-9 from the floor and scored 14 points. Eck also dished out four assists, co-leading the team with Hannah Fox '20, who scored seven points.
The largest lead of the game came midway through the final period, with a Natalie Nardella '20 layup putting Amherst up 60-33. That layup was the only points from an Amherst bench that got outscored 13-2.
Maeve Vitale scored eight points for the Cardinals, and made both of their successful three-point attempts. Ava Tompkins scored six points and had two assists and two thefts in defeat.
Amherst is home again a week from tonight when they welcome in Emmanuel College for a 7:00 PM tip-off.