AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College hit five three-pointers in the opening ten minutes on their way to a 61-41 victory over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action on Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst improves to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the NESCAC, while the Camels dip to 1-2 in the conference and 10-5 overall.
Senior guard Maeve McNamara led all players with 15 points and was 3-3 from long range, including 2-2 in the first quarter when Amherst took a 23-11 lead. Meghan Sullivan '19, Hannah Fox '20 and Cam Hendricks '20 also hit triples. Amherst opened the game on a 7-0 run and never trailed. They took a double-digit advantage with eight seconds left in the quarter Fox's three-pointer.
Connecticut College was led by eight points apiece from Margaret Corcoran and Casey Walsh. The Camels shot 30.2% from the field, while Amherst was 24-48, helped by a 9-14 (64.3%) showing in the first quarter.
The Mammoths' defense held the Camels to nine points in each of the middle quarters. They extended their lead from fourteen points at halftime to twenty-five points by the end of the third quarter. Much of that work was done thanks to an 8-0 run in the middle of the period. Already ahead 42-27, Hannah Fox scored six of the next eight points, putting back an offensive rebound and hitting a pair of jumpers. She also fed Madeline Eck '20 for a layup, taking advantage of a steal by Sullivan.
Eck scored 10 points and Fox scored 11 points, and the pair combined with McNamara to shoot 16-22 from the floor. McNamara handed out three assists, had three steals, a block and four rebounds. Fox also dished out three assists, as did Cam Hendricks, while Eck corralled a team-best six rebounds.
A 38-24 rebounding advantage belonged to Amherst, while Connecticut College boasted a 29-9 scoring edge from their bench.
In addition to her eight points, Corcoran had three assists and five rebounds to lead the Camels, who play at Hamilton tomorrow at 3:00 PM.
The Mammoths stay home to entertain Wesleyan at the same time in LeFrak.