Women's Hoops Wins Little 3 Test at Williams

Women's Hoops Wins Little 3 Test at Williams

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- In a non-conference game against Little Three rival Williams College, the Amherst College women's basketball team earned a 65-54 victory for their 11th consecutive win on Wednesday evening.

Amherst boasted two of the top scorers, junior Madeline Eck, who scored 19 points and also had 12 rebounds, and junior Hannah Fox, who scored 18 points and shot 4-7 from behind the three-point line.

It was the second straight double-double for Eck after notching the achievement for the first time in her career on January 12th against Wesleyan. 

Williams' Maggie Meehan also put up 18 points as the top scorer for her team. All three players were on the court for the full forty minutes of the game. The Eph's Gabby Martin also made her first double-double of the season, with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Fox kicked off the game with two points from the paint, which would develop into 10 points for her alone during the first period. Meehan claimed a similar number, putting up nine points for Williams.

Williams was able to cut the deficit to one before the buzzer sounded, leaving the score with Amherst up 20-19 in the highest scoring quarter for both teams.

Three baskets in a row from Amherst by Eck and senior Meghan Sullivan put the Mammoths immediately at an advantage in the beginning of the second quarter. With almost half the period gone, only Martin of Williams had scored on behalf of the Ephs, nailing two layups in a row. 

Amherst took a 36-30 lead into the break, shooting 63% in the first quarter but just 31% in the second.

Eck would score eight points for Amherst over the course of the third quarter, a period which saw both teams manage just 12 points.  

Amherst's ball control put them ahead of the Ephs in the fourth, with zero turnovers on their part in comparison to the Eph's three. Fox put Amherst ahead by 10 with a three-point shot, though Meehan and junior Katie Brule helped cut the lead back to five less than a minute later.

The Mammoths broke into the 60-point range with less than a minute and a half left of the clock, and did not let the Ephs through for the rest of the game to win 65-54.

The Ephs will play at Middlebury on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Amherst hosts Hamilton at 3:00 pm the same day as they return to NESCAC play.