AMHERST, MA.-- In the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball tournament, the #1 seed Amherst College Mammoths held the #8 Trinity Bantams to just five field goals over the final three quarters on their way to a 56-34 victory Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Mammoths improve to 25-0 on the season and will host the remainder of the NESCAC tournament next weekend, with the semifinals on Saturday and the championship game on Sunday. Trinity finishes their season with a 15-10 record.
Hannah Fox '20 finished with a game-high 17 points and five steals, and Madeline Eck '20 had 13 points and 4 assists for Amherst, who improves to 4-0 all-time against Trinity in the NESCAC tournament.
The first quarter was all Fox, as she had nine of the Mammoths 13 points, and Amherst would take a 13-11 lead into the first break.
Early in the second quarter, with the score 16-13, Amherst rattled off ten consecutive points over a five minute span to increase their lead to 26-13 with four minutes left in the half. Amherst and Trinity would trade buckets the rest of the half and the Mammoths would go into half leading 28-18. Amherst shot 50% in the half, while holding Trinity to 5-20 shooting, including 1-11 from the field and 0-5 from behind the three-point line.
The Bantams got ten points each from Courtney Erickson and Peace Kabari, who turned in a double-double performance with 10 rebounds in the defeat.
Together the teams combined to shoot 1-12 from downtown in the first half and 4-21 from three overall. Fox led all scorers at the intermission with 11 points and three steals.
Amherst kicked off the second half with a 6-0 run. The stout Mammoth defense didn't allow Trinity to score in the third quarter until they hit a free throw halfway through the frame. Amherst also didn't allow a field goal to be made in the third until there were three minutes left in the period. By that time, Amherst had outscored Trinity 12-1 in the quarter and led 34-19.
Another run, this time a 10-4 spurt with four minutes left in the third, helped the Mammoths finish the quarter leading 45-23, and they maintained their large lead throughout the fourth quarter.
Cam Hendricks '20 scored nine points, had eight rebounds, two blocks and two steals for the Mammoths. Hannah Hackley '18 dished out six assists to go with six points and two steals, while Emma McCarthy '19 poured in eight points and corralled seven boards.
Allie Morin scored five points for Trinity off the bench, and Emily Peters had four points, two blocks and two rebounds.
Over the final three quarters of play Amherst limited Trinity to five made field goals. The Bantams shot 1-11, 2-11, and 2-14 over those three quarters.
The defending NESCAC champions, Amherst has now won 58 consecutive games dating back to the start of last season.