LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Hannah Fox '20 broke the Amherst College women's basketball single-game scoring record with 43 points as the Mammoths defeated Westfield State 104-79 in the D3Hoops.com Invitational at South Point on Friday afternoon. She also set the record for most points in a game at the annual tournament in Sin City, eclipsing the previous mark by 12 points.
Fox was 19-25 from the floor (76%), also breaking the program record for made field goals, and accomplished the scoring feat with only one three-pointer and four foul shots. She also led all players with 12 rebounds as #4 Amherst (7-1) scored 100+ points for the first time 2011, also at the D3Hoops Classic in Vegas.
Cam Hendricks '20 scored ten points for Amherst, who attempted just five three-pointers but shot a blistering 62.3% from the floor, double that of Westfield State. Hendricks tied the D3Hoops Classic single-game record with 7 assists, helping the Mammoths to a tournament-record 31 assists in the win. Amherst's 62.3% shooting clip was also the best in the history of the Classic.
On 7-9 from the floor, Fox scored 16 points in the opening ten minutes of play, which finished with the Mammoths ahead 30-20. She added ten more points in the second quarter and then twelve more in the third, breaking the previous record of 37 before the final period even began.
The All-America guard has scored in double-digits in each game this season, and boosted her season average to 21.9 points per game. She is shooting 54.8% from the field and 42.1% from three-point range for the season.
Amherst led 52-36 at the break, but failed to hold Westfield State (4-6) under 16 points in any quarter, as the Owls tallied the highest total of any opponent this year, led by 24 points from Lucy Barrett.
In fact, it is the most points yielded in a game by Amherst since the 2012 national third-place game against St. Thomas, who scored 87 points).
Madeline Eck '20 added 18 points on 9-14 from the floor, also extending her streak of double-digit performances to start the season.
Amherst shot better than 60% from the field in three of the four quarters, including 15-20 (75%) in the third quarter, where Fox was 6-8, and Hendricks was 3-3.
The previous program record for points in a game was set by Kathryn Hersey '99. On January 30, 1999, Hersey scored 37 points against Williams. The field goal record dates back even further to 1987, when Liz Garner '89 made 14 field goals in a game versus Tufts.
The D3Hoops.com Classic record back dates back to 2010. On December 29, 2016, Elizabeth Prewitt of Puget Sound scored 31 points in an overtime game against Simpson. That game also featured 7-assists performances by two different players by Puget Sound, a group of six 7-assist outings that Hendricks is now tied for the record with.
It has been seven years, almost to the day, since Amherst women's basketball scored more than 100 points in a game. On December 29, 2011, Amherst defeated WPI 109-39 in Las Vegas.
The Amherst College women's basketball program record for team points in a game is 117, which has happened twice, in 2008 and in 1996.
Amherst returns to the court in Las Vegas tomorrow at 3:00 PM Eastern (12 PM PST) to face Wisconsin Stevens Point in their second game at the D3Hoops.com Classic.