Top-Ranked Amherst Draws Trinity in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Top-Ranked Amherst Draws Trinity in NESCAC Quarterfinals

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AMHERST, Mass. –
The Amherst College women's basketball begins their quest for a third straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship on Saturday at 2:00 pm when the top-seeded Mammoths host #8 Trinity at LeFrak Gymnasium. 

Amherst (24-0, 10-0 NESCAC) completed the regular season with a perfect record for the second straight year. The two-time defending champions are looking for their eighth overall conference title and will host a quarterfinal round for the 11th consecutive season. Amherst is the top defensive team in the country by more than five points per game, allowing 39.4 points per game and holding opponents to 28.4 percent shooting from the floor. 

Trinity (15-9, 3-7 NESCAC) returns to the NESCAC Championship following a three-year hiatus. Trinity and Colby finished with identical conference records of 3-7, but Trinity defeated Colby in head-to-head competition to earn the No. 8 seed. The Bantams started the year with a 9-2 record and finished the regular season winning two of their last three games. Trinity ranks third in the league in assists per game (14.0) and is holding opponents to 27.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc. 

The Mammoths are 3-0 against Trinity in the NESCAC Championship series. The teams last met in the 2013 quarterfinals with Amherst posting an 80-34 victory. Amherst, which defeated Trinity, 49-31, in the conference opener on January 5, is looking to move onto the semifinals for the 11th consecutive season. A Bantam victory would mark Trinity's first trip to the semifinals since 2014 in its quest for its first NESCAC title. 

Scouting Amherst 
Amherst's balanced offense is led by Madeline Eck '20 and Hannah Fox '20, both averaging over 11 points per game.

Emma McCarthy '19 leads the way on the boards with 7.2 rebounds a game, to go with her nearly 10 points average as well. Senior Jackie Nagle is shooting 54.3% from the field for the season, with Amherst second to Bowdoin in field goal percentage (42.9). 

In addition to their defensive scoring, Amherst is leading the conference in blocks per game (5.8), with Nagle blocking 1.6 shots and McCarthy swatting one attempt per game as well.

Scouting Trinity 
Trinity comes into today's game with a 2-2 record in the month of February, closing out their regular season with a 59-40 loss to Tufts on Sunday. 

The Bantams have three players scoring in double-figures, led by junior big Courtney Erickson (12.3 points per game). 

Peace Kabari leads the team in both rebounding (6.3) and assists (3.0), while Erickson is also grabbing six rebounds per game and has 0.7 blocks per contest

How to Watch
The NESCAC quarterfinals will be streamed live on Northeast Sports Network, and can be watched at the link below:

2018 NESCAC Women's Basketball Championship
Quarterfinals - Saturday, Feb. 17 - at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Trinity at No. 1 Amherst - 2 p.m.
No. 7 Williams at No. 2 Bowdoin - 3 p.m.
No. 6 Connecticut College at No. 3 Tufts - 3 p.m.
No. 5 Wesleyan at No. 4 Middlebury - 3 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, Feb. 24
at Highest Remaining Seed
Highest Remaining Seed vs. Lowest Remaining Seed - TBA
Other Quarterfinal Winners - TBA

Championship - Sunday, Feb. 25
at Semifinal Host
Semifinal Winners - TBA