Opening Run Paves Way for Mammoths' Non-Conference Victory

Opening Run Paves Way for Mammoths' Non-Conference Victory

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College took a 25-0 lead in the opening quarter and were well on their way to a 79-26 victory over Lehman College in a non-conference women's basketball game on Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the victory, No. 1 Amherst improves to 13-0, while Lehman dips back to .500 at 7-7.

Maeve McNamara '19 led all players with 14 points, one of four Mammoths in double figures, and the Amherst starting lineup outscored the Lightning's 43-13.

Jackie Nagle '18 was a force in the paint, racking up 12 points along with six of Amherst's season-high 13 blocks.

The Mammoths' defensive prowess held Lehman to just 17% shooting from the floor, including a 1-18 streak in the first quarter, when the home team scored the first 25 points before the Lightning were able to get on the board with a pair of free-throws.

Hannah Hackley '18 scored all of her 13 points in the first half, including converting a pair of three-point plays and hitting a three-pointer to cap the 25-point spurt. Hackley also dished out a game-high five assists and had five rebounds, a block and a steal.

Amherst led 50-10 at halftime, then held the Lightning to just six points in the third quarter. Hannah Fox '20 and Cam Hendricks '20 hit back to back three-pointers in the third as the lead was extended to 57-10 and two straight layups by Nagle extended it to 61-10.

Lisa Fields, who led Lehman with 11 points, scored four points late in the third as the Lightning put six points on the board in the final two minutes of the frame.

Fox had 11 points and seven rebounds, along with a team-high three steals. Amherst shot 47.5% from the floor, 9-22 from behind the three-point line (40.9%), and had a 54-29 advantage in rebounding, with eight rebounds apiece from Natalie Nardella '20, Madeline Eck '20 and Emma McCarthy '19 leading the way.

The Lightning got on the board with ten points in the fourth quarter, with Ayanna Behagen ending the game with nine points and two steals.

Amherst kicks off a three-game road trip on Monday when they travel to Rhode Island College for a 5:00 pm non-conference game.

Lehman returns to CUNYAC play on Tuesday evening when they host Baruch at 5:00 pm.