NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Sophomore guard Madeline Eck went 8-13 from the field for a career-best 19 points, and Amherst College extended their NCAA record road winning streak to 32 with a 72-40 win over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Friday night at Luce Field House.
No. 1 Amherst improves to 15-0 on the year and 2-0 in the NESCAC, and will play Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm at Wesleyan in another conference clash.
The middle two quarters, where Amherst outscored the Camels (9-4, 1-2 NESCAC) 45-15, were the difference in the game. Also key was a 46% shooting percentage for the Mammoths, compared to a 26% clip for Conn., and 26 Amherst points scored off of 19 Camel turnovers.
Despite eight points in the first quarter from Eck, Amherst found themselves ahead by just four points, 16-12. Sami Ashton had eight of her team-high 13 points in the first ten minutes for Conn. College.
The visitors leaned on their defense to break the game open by halftime. They held Conn. College to just 2-18 from the floor in the second quarter, and Eck and Cam Hendricks '20 combined for eleven points.
Hendricks and guard Hannah Fox '20 each scored ten points, while Emma McCarthy '19 scored eight points and led all players with 11 rebounds and four steals. Hendricks, Fox, Eck and McCarthy all chipped in during the third quarter where Amherst put up 27 points.
Center Jackie Nagle '18 scored 11 points and had two blocks off of the bench, as Amherst dominated the paint, outscoring Conn. College 36-8 inside of the lane. Classmate Hannah Hackley handed out five assists and had a pair of blocks.
Nancy Coulverson scored seven points and led the Camels with nine rebounds, and three blocks. Fellow starters Ashley Howe, Casey Walsh, and Meggie Corcoran scored five points apiece, but the Mammoths bench outscored Conn. College's 23-5.
In addition to extending their new NCAA record road winning streak, the Mammoths have now won 48 consecutive games, closing in on the program record of 50 wins, set in 2016.