Mammoths Pull Away from Cardinals in Little Three Affair

Mammoths Pull Away from Cardinals in Little Three Affair

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The fifth-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team overcame a one-point deficit at halftime and defeated Wesleyan University 67-57 in a non-conference Little 3 game on Monday evening at Silloway Gymnasium.

The Mammoth's strong shooting from behind the three-point line (13-31) helped seal the victory as Amherst improved to 15-1, while the Cardinals dropped to 10-7.

Courtney Resch '22 came off the bench and hit four three-pointers, scoring a career-high 13 points. Resch also turned in four blocks, two steals, three assists and five rebounds.

Wesleyan played excellent in the first quarter, holding Amherst to two points for the first 6:38 and using a 12-0 run to open up a double-digit lead.

A three-pointer by Hannah Fox '20 before time expired in the first quarter capped off six unanswered points as the Mammoths trailed 12-9 after one.

The visitors got hot from behind-the-arc in the second quarter as they opened with back-to-back 3-pointers to cap off their run (13-0) and they led 15-12 at the 8:36 mark.

The Cardinals regained the lead shortly after following a 3-point play by Katy O'Connor, but Amherst responded with another trey to go up 18-16. Amherst would lead by as much as eight, but Wesleyan slowly cut into the deficit. A 3-pointer by Marina Petruzzi, followed by a fast break dish from Ava Tompkins to Caleigh Ryan led to a buzzer-beater layup as the Cardinals took a 31-30 lead into the break.

Wesleyan came out strong in the second half as Tara Berger led an 8-2 run, scoring six points of her own, to extend the lead to seven at the 7:51 mark.

Amherst regained a lead minutes later after a free throw by Resch tied it at 43, and a 3-pointer by Cam Hendricks '20 less than a minute later put them back on top.

With five seconds remaining in the third quarter, Meghan Sullivan '19 connected from deep to give the visitors a 50-45 lead entering the fourth.

At the 6:19 mark, a jumper by Hendricks extended the Amherst lead to 10. The closest Wesleyan would get the rest of the way was seven points.

Monday night's game featured four ties and six lead changes. The rebounding battle was fairly even with Amherst holding a slight 36-35 edge, but the Cardinals outscored the Mammoths down-low, 30-12.

Four players scored in double-figures for the Mammoths, with Fox leading the way. She recorded a double-double with game-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds, while also recording three steals. Madeline Eck '20 finished with 17 points, and Hendricks scored 10 to join Resch's 13 point day. Maeve McNamara '19 led all players with six assists.

Petruzzi led Wesleyan with a team-high 11 points off the bench, while Chynna Bailey dropped nine with team-highs of five assists and three steals. Caleigh Ryan, who earned NESCAC Player of the Week honors earlier in the day, scored seven points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.

Wesleyan returns to NESCAC action on Friday, Jan. 25 and will host Bates at 7 p.m. Amherst will play on the road for a second straight day on Tuesday afternoon with a 4:00 PM game at Farmingdale State. The Mammoths defeated the Rams 64-35 during the season-opener on November 17th.