Senior Day Celebration Paves the way for NESCAC Win Over Bobcats

Senior Day Celebration Paves the way for NESCAC Win Over Bobcats

AMHERST, Mass. – Saturday afternoon was the last regular season home game of the 2017-18 season for Amherst College women's basketball, and the Mammoths celebrated their graduating class before a 58-31 win over Bates College at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Jackie Nagle, Jenna Schumacher, Hannah Hackley and Emma McCarthy '19 were welcomed to the court with their family members and received flowers from Head Coach G.P. Gromacki.

Hackley, McCarthy and Nagle were all key contributors to the victory, while Schumacher has been sidelined this year with an injury.

Nagle tied a career high with six blocks, and led the Mammoths with twelve points, along with seven rebounds. McCarthy, in her final year of eligibility, just missed a double-double with eleven points, nine rebounds and three assists, while Hackley scored ten points and led all players with four dimes and a steal.

After falling behind 2-0, Amherst used an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Hackley had all ten of her points in the first quarter, and the Mammoths led 20-9 after the period.

Amherst started out the second quarter on a 6-1 run to extend the lead 26-10. The Mammoths held Bates without a field goal until the final minute of the quarter, and also dominated the glass, outrebounding Bates 33-9 in the first half en route to a 34-16 lead at the break.

Bates was led by 13 points from Melanie Binkhorst, who also had two assists, three blocks and a steal. Taylor McVeigh scored eight points, and Julia Middlebrook added seven points, an assist and one theft.

Amherst out-rebounded Bates 53-29, with Maeve McNamara '19 grabbing nine boards to go with her six points and three assists. Natalie Nardella '20 scored seven points and added four blocks to Amherst's eleven swatted shots for the game.

Bates (7-16, 1-8 NESCAC) wraps up its regular season Friday at Trinity College. Tip is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Mammoths (22-0, 8-0 NESCAC) travel to Williams next Friday night for a 7:00 PM NESCAC contest.