PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With a 55-28 victory over Rhode Island College on Monday night, No. 1 Amherst College won their 31st straight road game dating back to 2015, and they now hold the NCAA Division 3 women's basketball record for most consecutive wins on the road.
The previous record of 29 was actually broken by Amherst (14-0) on New Year's Eve when they defeated Chapman University, but it wasn't confirmed by the NCAA statistics office until this afternoon, before tonight's game at The Murray Center.
Sophomore forward Cam Hendricks led the way for Amherst with 10 points and nine rebounds. Forward Hannah Hackley '18 registered 10 points, while guard Hannah Fox '20 notched seven points and a game-high 10 rebounds in the win for the Mammoths.
Sophomore forward Ornela Livramento notched eight points and pulled down six rebounds as the Anchorwomen dropped to 7-5 overall.
Amherst controlled the action early and took its first double-digit advantage of the contest when a layup by guard Madeline Eck '20 made the score 15-4 with 2:24 left in the first quarter. The Mammoths took a 19-6 lead heading into the first intermission.
The hosts outscored Amherst 12-10 in the second quarter and trailed by 11 at half, but the Mammoths held RIC to just three points in the third quarter and built their lead to 45-21 by the end of three quarters of play.
Eck and Emma McCarthy '19 scored nine points apiece, with Eck dishing out four assists and McCarthy grabbing nine rebounds.
RIC junior guard Margaret McCaffrey scored eight points to go along with three rebounds.
Freshman guard Brooke Young notched six points and two boards in the setback for the Anchorwomen.
Amherst shot 34.4 percent (22-of-64) from the field, 27.8 percent (5-of-18) from the three-point line and 85.7 percent (6-of-7) from the free throw line.
The Mammoths out-rebounded RIC by a 49-29 margin and forced the Anchorwomen into 16 turnovers in the contest.
RIC shot 23.3 percent (10-of-43) from the field, 28.6 percent (2-of-7) from the three-point line and 42.9 percent (6-of-14) from the free throw line.
In upcoming action, Rhode Island College will resume Little East Conference (LEC) action at Southern Maine on Wednesday, Jan. 10 (5:30 p.m.).
Amherst will look to add to their road win streak when they head back to New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Friday at Connecticut College (7 PM).
Notes on the Record
- The previous record of 29 straight road wins was held by Washington University (St. Louis), from March 1998 to January 2001.
- Amherst's current streak started on February 1st, 2015 with a 65-54 win at Colby.
- Amherst already owned the record for most consecutive home court victories (121 from January 2009 to February 2016), 33 more than any other team.
- The Mammoths are currently in the midst of a 47 game winning streak and a 28 game home winning streak. The program record for consecutive victories is 50, which came to an end in the 2015-16 season.