AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College women's basketball held off visiting Colby College 46-37 on Friday evening in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action, moving to 19-0 on the year and 5-0 in the conference.
The No. 1 Mammoths will turn their attention to a Saturday afternoon showdown with No. 4 Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears won as well tonight and will bring an identical 19-0 (5-0) record to LeFrak for a 3:00 pm tip-off tomorrow.
Jackie Nagle '18 had 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench, and Amherst finally separated themselves from the Mules (7-10, 1-4 NESCAC) after leading by just four points after the first quarter and one point at halftime.
Leading 32-30 with 4:20 to play in the third quarter, Amherst held Colby without a field goal through the rest of the period, building a 38-33 lead with the help of two buckets from Madeline Eck '20, who scored ten points and had three steals, a block, two assists and six rebounds in the win.
Colby hung around, keeping the deficit at five points with a jump shot by Katie McCrum, who led the Mules with 12 points, ten of them in the first half.
The game stayed at 40-35 for more than three and a half minutes before Nagle's jumper put Amherst up by seven with 3:06 to play.
Emma McCarthy '19 answered a layup by Haley Driscoll with a lay-in of her own, and Nagle scored again with 1:17 to play in the fourth, putting Amherst up by nine, their largest lead of the game.
Both teams hovered around the 35% mark from the field and the 23% mark from the three-point line.
Amherst outrebounded Colby 40-22 behind nine rebounds from McCarthy, who also had five points, two assists and two steals.
Driscoll and Paige Russell scored 10 points apiece for the Mules and each handed out two assists. Russell had three steals and five rebounds and Driscoll tallied two thefts, a block and four boards.