BOSTON, Mass. – Senior guard Maeve McNamara set a new Amherst single-game record with 12 assists and junior guard Hannah Fox scored a career-high 33 points to lead Amherst College to a 78-48 victory over Emmanuel College in non-conference women's basketball action on Tuesday evening.
McNamara broke the previous record of ten assists in a game that had occurred four times, most recently by Hannah Hackley '18 in 2016. She also had a game-high five steals and grabbed four rebounds.
Fox, who had scored twenty points in each of the last two games, poured in 17 points in the first quarter, including a perfect 4-4 from behind the three-point line to help Amherst overcome a 9-0 deficit after the Saints defense help the Mammoths scoreless for the first four minutes of play. She also ended the night with four assists, two rebounds and two steals in the victory for Amherst (3-1).
Amherst led 23-17 after the first quarter and 33-26 at the half, but opened up the lead with a 30-12 third quarter that included 13 points by Madeline Eck '20, who ended the night with 17 points.
The Mammoths extended their lead by five during the fourth quarter, when Fox scored another nine points, closing out the game shooting 13-19 from the floor and 6-7 from behind the three-point line.
Emmanuel junior Yuleska Ramirez-Tejeda came into the game averaging 34.3 points per game, but was held to just 14 points and seven rebounds by the Amherst defense. Kayla Weaver had 11 points while Caitlin Cipriano had eight points and a game-high ten rebounds.
Both teams were able to collect 32 rebounds on the evening, but the Mammoths, behind McNamara's record-breaking night, recorded 21 assists in comparison to EC's eight.
The loss was the first of the year for Emmanuel, who fall to 3-1 on the season.
Amherst will have a few days to rest before heading on the road again to play Brooklyn College on December 1st at 5PM and New Jersey City on Sunday at 2:00 PM.