AMHERST, Mass. – With the winter weather sweeping the Northeast, the Amherst College women's basketball team didn't make it back to campus from their West Coast road trip until the early hours of Friday morning. Later that night, they took the floor against Trinity College and overcame a sleepy start to earn a 49-31 victory in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener for both teams.
After being held in check by a feisty Bantams team for three quarters, Amherst finally got some separation in the final ten minutes, shooting 54.5% from the field and outscoring Trinity 21-11.
The No. 1 Mammoths (12-0 ) relied on their defense to pull them through. They held Trinity to just 18.5% shooting, including 3-29 in the second half.
After going to the halftime break ahead by just two points (17-15), Amherst finally took a double-digit lead on a layup by Madeline Eck '20 to make it 28-18.
Trinity, who was led by 12 points from Courtney Erickson, got to within five points at the midway mark of the fourth quarter, but Hannah Fox '20 hit a three-point shot to spark an 11-0 run for the Mammoths that sealed their 45th consecutive victory.
Fox scored 12 points and handed out five assists for Amherst, who was paced by 13 points out of Emma McCarthy '19, who filled the stat sheet with three blocks, two steals and seven rebounds.
Hannah Hackley '18 scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Eck poured in eight points and had four blocks and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Bantams (9-3, 0-1 NESCAC) held Amherst to just two field goals in the second quarter, in which the teams combined for just 13 points. The Mammoths shot 1-9 from the three-point line in the 1st half, and ended the night going 4-17 from downtown.
Erin Cunningham scored seven points and had seven rebounds for Trinity, while Erica Junquet and Peace Kabari scored five points apiece, with Junquet handing out three assists.
Neither team shot a free-throw in the first half.
It will be another quick turnaround for Amherst, who will be on their home court again tomorrow afternoon to face non-league foe Lehman at 3:00 PM.
Trinity continues NESCAC play on Sunday with a 2:00 pm game at Hamilton in New York.