Second Quarter Surge Helps Mammoths Roll Over Rams

Second Quarter Surge Helps Mammoths Roll Over Rams

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Amherst College trailed by a point against Farmingdale State College on Tuesday afternoon in a non-conference women's basketball game, but outscored the Rams 49-11 over the middle two quarters on their way to an emphatic 78-37 victory.

It was the second meeting of the year between the two teams, with Amherst earning a 64-35 win in LeFrak in the opening game of the year. Two months later, the Mammoths improve to 16-1 while Farmingdale falls to 5-13.

For the second straight game, first year Courtney Resch set a new personal high in scoring and field goals made. After finding her touch yesterday with 13 points, Resch hit 5-7 three-pointers and went 6-12 from the field to lead all players with 17 points. Once again, Resch stuffed the stat sheet with three assists, two steals, a block and four rebounds.

Amherst was held to just three field goals in the first quarter and missed six of their seven attempts from behind the three-point line as Farmingdale took an 8-7 lead after one.

Nia Miller and Destiny Hurt scored four points each in the first ten minutes for Farmingdale, a harbinger of things to come. Miller (14 points, four assists) and Hurt (16 points) combined for nearly all of Farmingdale's 37 points.

The second quarter was all Amherst, as the Mammoths went 9-16 from the field and 4-5 from behind the three-point line while holding Farmingdale to just two field goals, with the second not coming until the final minute of the half.

Amherst outscored the Rams 22-4 in the second quarter, beginning with a 12-2 run that forced a time-out by the home team. That spurt was capped by back to back three-pointers by Hannah Fox '20 and Resch to take a 19-10 lead with 6:24 to play before halftime.

After the timeout, Resch and Maeve McNamara '19 went back to back from downtown and the Mammoths led by 15, 25-10.

McNamara had eight points in the first half, Fox and Resch had two assists apiece and the three of them combined to go 5-10 from deep in the opening twenty minutes.

The gap opened up further in the third quarter, with Amherst holding Farmingdale to just three field goals and outscoring the hosts 27-7. The largest lead of the game came with four minutes left in the fourth, when the Mammoths pushed their edge to 48 points.

First year Jade Duval led Amherst with five assists, while also grabbing seven rebounds and scoring nine points. The Mammoths had a 22-6 advantage in the assist column and outrebounded their opponents 49-23, including 15-6 on the offensive glass.

Behind the work of Resch and Duval, along with eight points from Lauren Pelosi '22 and 13 points and nine rebounds for Dani Valdez '22, Amherst boasted a 47-5 edge in bench points.

Only NESCAC games remain on the regular season schedule for Amherst, beginning this weekend when Amherst travels to Colby (Friday at 7 PM) and Bowdoin (Saturday at 3 PM).