AMHERST, Mass. – Madeline Eck '20 set a new career high with 31 points on Saturday afternoon and recorded her first career double-double with 12 rebounds, helping the No. 3 Amherst College women's basketball team to a 62-44 victory over Wesleyan University in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Eck, who had previously scored 30 points this year in a win over Chapman in California, scored 15 of her points in the first quarter and finished the night with 14 made field goals, another personal best and second in program history only to classmate Hannah Fox's 19 made field goals earlier this year in Las Vegas.
Amherst has now won eleven straight games and improves to 13-1 overall and 3-0 in the NESCAC.
Wesleyan falls to 8-6 (1-3 NESCAC) despite a team-high 11 points and six rebounds from Tara Berger.
Wesleyan led off the opening tip on a layup from Caleigh Ryan, but Eck took over from there, scoring the next six points, including a steal and a three-point play. She accounted for all the scoring as the Mammoths jumped out to a 9-4 lead and never looked back.
Eck scored the first six field goals for Amherst, who led 19-10 after the first quarter. A three-pointer by Emma Roush at the end of the period helped the Cardinals stay within single digits.
The lead extended again to double-digits, this time for good, in the second quarter, where Amherst went 8-16 from the floor and 3-4 from behind the three-point line, with three of the four made triples in the game for the Mammoths coming in that period.
Courtney Resch '22 scored all eight of her points in the second quarter, going 2-2 from behind the three-point line. Eck scored eight more points, going 10-13 in the first half on her way to a 23-point first half performance for Amherst, who shot 40% in the game and held Wesleyan to 22.8% from the floor.
Paced by the first double-digit rebounding effort of Eck's career, the Mammoths held a 49-37 edge on the glass.
The Cardinals forced 15 turnovers and committed only 12 themselves, but Amherst turned those 12 into 19 points, while Wesleyan scored just six points off turnovers.
Fox was the other Mammoth in double-figures, with 15 points, as she and Eck combined to score nearly three-quarters of the team's points. She also notched a double-double with ten rebound, while handing out five assists and recording two blocks and a steal.
For the Cardinals, Olivia Gorman scored seven points, while Chynna Bailey had five points and a pair of assists. Roush came off the bench to grab five rebounds in nine minutes.
Wesleyan leaves NESCAC play on Monday when they travel to New Jersey City for a 6:00 pm tip-off.
The Mammoths play at Williams on Wednesday at 7:00 PM in a non-conference Little 3 affair.