Tip-Off Tournament Champion Mammoths Defeat Engineers

Tip-Off Tournament Champion Mammoths Defeat Engineers

AMHERST, Mass. – Most Valuable Player Hannah Fox '20 scored 23 points and had three assists and three steals as the No. 1 Amherst College women's basketball team defeated RPI 72-39 Sunday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium to win their home Tip-Off Tournament.

Joining Fox on the All-Tournament team is Madeline Eck '20 and Dani Valdez '22.

Valdez narrowly missed her first collegiate double-double with ten points and a team-high nine rebounds, her second straight day leading the team on the glass. Valdez also dished out two assists, recorded two thefts, and led all players with three blocks.

Eck scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and led the Mammoths with five assists and four steals.

The Mammoths (2-0) shot 17-33 (51.5%) from the floor in the first half, scoring 21 points in each of the first two quarters.

Amherst led 21-9 after one quarter and 42-20 at the break. They held the Engineers to just twelve made field goals, no more than four in any one quarter, and a shooting percentage of 23.1%.

LaKissa Martin and Sam O'Keefe scored nine points apiece for the Engineers (3-1), who also had a 13-12 advantage in steals as the RPI defense forced Amherst into 19 turnovers.

Martin had three thefts, as did Elizabeth Eckhardt and Ines Ortea, who scored six points and had a block, two assists and five rebounds.

Fox was 3-5 from behind the three-point line, where the Mammoths shot 7-19. Cam Hendricks '21 made a pair of threes and scored eight points while handing out three dimes.

The interior game was also productive for Amherst, who outscored PRI 30-10 in the paint.

Valdez had six of her points in the fourth quarter as the Mammoths built their lead to 30+ points by outscoring RPI 16-7.

First year Jade DuVal had six points, while classmates Lauren Pelosi and Courtney Resch added five points apiece.

Amherst is home for their final game before Thanksgiving. They will host Eastern Connecticut State University on Tuesday night at 7:30 pm in the back-end of a doubleheader that starts at 5:30 PM with the Amherst men vs Westfield State.