Amherst Wins NESCAC Opener Behind Big First Quarter

Amherst Wins NESCAC Opener Behind Big First Quarter

HARTFORD, Conn. – Junior guard Hannah Fox had 25 points and five assists to lead the visiting Amherst College Mammoths to a 71-49 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in both teams' New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball opener this evening at Oosting Gymnasium.  

Amherst (11-1) has won nine-straight games and handed Trinity just their second loss of the season (10-2). 

Fox scored ten of her points in the first quarter, as Amherst made its first nine shots while jumping out to a 21-4 lead just over five minutes into the game.

Junior guard Peace Kabari had 21 points and a game-high nine boards for the Bantams, who will host league rival Hamilton in their next game on Sunday at 2 p.m.  Amherst entertains NESCAC foe Connecticut College next Friday at 7 p.m. 

Trinity outscored Amherst, 7-4, to close the opening stanza down, 25-11, but Fox scored ten points again in the second quarter and drilled two of her five treys in the final minute before halftime to give the visitors a 41-21 advantage at the break.  

All 16 Amherst points in the second quarter came from either Fox or classmate Madeline Eck, who had six points in the period and 19 points in the game. 

Amherst took its largest lead of the night at 60-32 on a free throw by senior co-captain Meghan Sullivan at the end of the third period, while Trinity outscored the Mammoths, 17-11, in the last quarter.  Kabari scored nine points in the final frame. 

Eck made seven of her nine attempts from the field and added five rebounds, while senior Maeve McNamara contributed ten points and five boards and freshman center Dani Valdez had a team-high six rebounds off the bench.  

Trinity had a cold shooting night with a 25.4 percentage from the floor.  Junior guard Meghan Lewis scored seven points and made four steals off the Trinity bench, while sophomore guard Allie Morin notched four rebounds and three assists.