Mammoths Ring in New Year by Completing West Coast Sweep

Mammoths Ring in New Year by Completing West Coast Sweep

ORANGE, Calif. – In the final game of their winter break cross-country road swing, the Amherst College women's basketball team completed a 4-game sweep with a 67-44 victory over the University of Redlands in a non-conference affair at Hutton Sports Center at Chapman.

Hannah Fox '20 scored 17 points and had three steals as the No. 3 ranked Mammoths improved to 11-0 on the season.

As has come to be the trend, Amherst held their opponents in single digits for two of the four quarters, including a 17-6 advantage in the final frame that helped the defending national champions break away from the Bulldogs.

Meghan Sullivan '19 scored six points in the opening ten minutes as Amherst took a 16-11 lead after one quarter. Fox took over in the second quarter with 11 points, including 3-6 from behind the three-point line, and the Mammoths led by 12 at the break, 33-20.

For the game, Amherst shot 37.7% from the field and hit 5-17 three-pointers, while Redlands was 2-7 from downtown and 16-56 from the floor, both a percentage of 28.6.

Redlands (5-6) was only able to cut the deficit to eleven points after three quarters, and the Mammoth defense once again clamped down in the final ten minutes, holding Redlands to just 1-11 from the floor and ending the game on a 12-2 run.

The Bulldogs were forced into 20 turnovers, leading to 22 Amherst points, and the Mammoths also had a 34-10 advantage on points in the paint, helped by 10 points from center Jackie Nagle '18.

First year Kate Sullivan grabbed a career high seven rebounds and had two assists in 13 minutes of action. Madeline Eck '20 scored 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Hannah Hackley '18 added nine points and four rebounds and Emma McCarthy '19 scored eight points and had five rebounds and a pair of blocks.

The Bulldogs were paced by Claire Olmstead, who scored 8 points in 16 minutes off of the Redlands bench. Allison Siksnus and Reyna Ta'amu had seven points apiece, and Alexandria Iannone led the team with seven caroms.

Amherst heads back to the Pioneer Valley to begin New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play next Friday night when they host Trinity (Conn.) at 7:00 PM in LeFrak Gymnasium.