AMHERST, Mass. — The Amherst College women's basketball team will begin their quest to defend their back-to-back NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championships in just over two weeks, and returning junior guards Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) and Madeline Eck (Rye, N.Y.) have been named to the D3hoops.com Preseason All-America Second and Third Teams, respectively.
Out of the twenty-five players who were honored by D3hoops.com, Fox and Eck are the two sole NESCAC representatives. They are also among the eight juniors who were recognized, the seventeen others being senior players.
Fox and Eck have had crucial roles for the Mammoths in both of their National Championship seasons. Most recently in the 2017-18 season, Eck led the team with an average of 11.8 points per game and Fox was right behind her with an average of 11.3 points per game. Both athletes started every single game in their 33-win campaign to the National Championship.
Fox was named to the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament team last season and finished the championship game with twelve points, three assists, two steals, and seven rebounds. Eck had eight points, seven boards, three assists, and three steals.
Last season was filled with awards for the pair. Both were named WBCA All-America Honorable Mentions at the Final Four banquet and both were recognized as All-Northeast Region selections by D3hoops.com. Fox and Eck were both named to the First Team All-Conference by the NESCAC as well. Eck was named NESCAC Basketball Player of the Week after her performance in the NESCAC basketball tournament last spring in which she averaged 14.5 points over the two games. Fox earned the same accolade twice during the 17-18 season, the first time after being named Most Outstanding Player of the D3hoops.com Classic in Las Vegas and the second at the end of January 2018 after scoring 14 points in a win over Bowdoin.
Fox, Eck and the rest of the Mammoths return to the court on November 17 against Farmingdale State in Amherst's Tip-Off Tournament at LeFrak Gymnasium.