CLINTON, N.Y. -- Four Amherst College women's basketball players scored in double figures and the Mammoths posted a 72-34 victory over Hamilton College on Saturday afternoon for their 51st consecutive victory, setting a new program record.
The Mammoths (18-0, 4-0 NESCAC) haven't lost a game since March 19th, 2016, in the NCAA National Semifinals, and they have now eclipsed the previous program record which was set in 2012. The current wins streak is the sixth longest in NCAA Division 3 women's basketball history.
Amherst is ranked No. 1 in both the D3hoops.com and Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III Top 25 polls.
On Saturday afternoon, the Mammoths shot better than 46 percent from the field, held a 40-22 advantage on the boards, and committed just 10 turnovers.
Madeline Eck '20 led Amherst with 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists. Emma McCarthy '19 chipped in 13 points and seven boards, Hannah Fox '20 dropped in 13 points, and Hannah Hackley '18 added 10 points and four assists.
Carly O'Hern '20 paced the Continentals (12-5, 1-3) with 10 points and Marie Steiner '20 scored all eight of her points in the first two quarters. Samantha Srinivasan '18 pulled down five rebounds. Hamilton was hot from beyond the arc as the Continentals made 7 of 16 (43.8 percent) of their shots from 3-point range. Hamilton lost for the first time in seven games at home this season.
The Mammoths jumped out to a 9-0 lead and led the whole way. Cam Hendricks '20 got things started with a free throw, Eck followed with a jumper, and McCarthy scored in the paint. Fox capped the run with a pair of jumpers and Amherst had a nine-point lead just 3:18 into the first quarter.
O'Hern's free throw put Hamilton on the scoreboard with 5:49 left in the first and Steiner's driving layup made it 9-3 a little more than a minute later. The Mammoths finished the quarter with a 13-3 spurt and led 22-6 after 10 minutes. Eck finished the quarter with nine points.
The Continentals scored half of their points and went 5 of 6 from long range in the second quarter. O'Hern ended up with seven points in the quarter as Hamilton kept pace with Amherst. The Mammoths led by as many as 19 at 28-9 early in the second but the Continentals responded with a 13-5 run that featured 3-pointers by O'Hern (two), Kendall Rallins '19 and Steiner. The last one by Steiner pulled Hamilton within 11 at 33-22 with 3:36 remaining.
Amherst limited the Continentals to 12 points in the game's final 23-plus minutes. The Mammoths led 41-23 at the break and 53-32 after three quarters as Hamilton didn't get closer than 17 points after halftime. The Continentals' last field goal was a layup by Srinivasan that made it 49-30 with 3:51 to go in the third quarter.
Amherst's largest lead was the final 38-point margin, which was reached on a 3-pointer by Natalie Nardella '20 with 25 seconds left.
Hamilton is on the road for a non-conference game at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m.
Amherst begins a four-game home-stand on Friday evening when they host Colby College for a 7:00 pm NESCAC game.