ORANGE, Calif. – Amherst College staved off a second half comeback attempt to hold off University of Redlands 57-49 in a non-conference women's basketball game on New Year's Eve in the campus of Chapman University.
It's the 500th career victory for Head Coach G.P. Gromacki, who won 163 games at Saint Lawrence (1998-2004) and Hamilton College (2006-07) combined before coming to Amherst in 2007.
The Mammoths (9-1) took a 17-11 lead after one quarter and extended the advantage to double-digits with an 11-point edge at the break. Hannah Fox '20 scored 18 points in the victory, while Madeline Eck '20 (12 points) and Cam Hendricks '20 (10 points) were also in double-figures.
Both teams struggled to score in the opening few minutes but Amherst finished the first quarter on a 7-2 run. The momentum carried into the second quarter, with two quick layups by Fox putting Amherst up by ten points, 21-11.
Fox scored ten of the first twelve points for Amherst, who opened the second quarter on a 12-2 run to push their lead to 16 points. It would eventually reach 17 points, the biggest lead of the day, at the 2:29 mark on a layup by Dani Valdez '22, who came off the bench to score nine points in the victory.
Alyssa Downs led the Bulldogs with 15 points to go along with two rebounds and two assists, while Cassandra Lacey scored 10 points and provided five assists. Chyanne Pagkalinawan joined those two in double figures with 10 points in just her third collegiate showing.
Valdez nearly had a double-double with nine rebounds, co-leading the team along with Fox, who also dished out three assists and had three steals. Maeve McNamara '19 led the way with five assists and had two steals.
Amherst concludes their West Coast road trip today when they face the host Panthers at 4:00 PM EST.