WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College and Amherst College women's basketball teams combined for only 32 points in the first half and committed a total of 12 fouls on the night, which resulted in a game that lasted just one hour and fifteen minutes. The result on the scoreboard was a 60-44 win for the No. 3 Mammoths, their fourth victory in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action this year.
The Mammoths are now 17-1 and 4-0 in the league, while the Mules drop to 6-11 overall and 0-5 in the conference.
Madeline Eck '20 had 22 of her game-high 30 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds. She was 15-for-27 from the field and added two steals. Eck was 9-13 with 18 points in the third quarter as she scored 30+ points for the third time in the last eight games.
Cam Hendricks '20 also had a double-double for Amherst with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Maeve McNamara '19 finished with a game-high six assists and had eight boards, while Courtney Resch '22 had 10 points and three assists.
Resch now has three straight games in double-figures and is averaging 13.3 points per game over that time period.
Keagan Dunbar led the Mules with 16 points, while Ainsley Burns had nine points and seven rebounds.
Paige Russell went 3-for-4 from the field for eight points for the Mules. Grace Coutu had a team-high nine rebounds and Sarah Hancock had three assists.
The Mammoths led 10-4 after one quarter, but the Mules did have some good looks in the opening 10 minutes.
Amherst extended its lead to 21-11 at halftime behind eight points and six rebounds from Eck. Dunbar had seven points at the break.
Both teams scored more points in the third quarter than the entire first half. The Mammoths had a 22-17 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
The Mules stayed in range of Amherst in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, with the Mammoths still playing their starters with less than five minutes remaining.
Colby plays host to Hamilton College in another NESCAC game Saturday at 3 p.m.
Amherst has a 3 p.m. showdown with top-ranked Bowdoin College in Brunswick on Saturday, a rematch of last year's NCAA Division III national championship game, won by the Mammoths 65-45.