Women’s Basketball Concludes Road Trip with Win over Bates

Women’s Basketball Concludes Road Trip with Win over Bates

LEWISTON, Maine – It has been three weeks since the Amherst College women's basketball team has been home, but the Mammoths completed the road portion of their 2018-19 regular season schedule with a 53-43 victory over Bates on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

No. 5 Amherst (19-2, 6-1 NESCAC) finishes the regular season 11-1 on the road after going 6-1 over the last three weeks, and now will return home for their final three games of the season, starting next Friday night when they host Williams.

Madeline Eck '20 tallied a game-high 20 points on 8-12 shooting in the win for Amherst. Eck, the leading scorer in the NESCAC, also grabbed seven rebounds, dished out three assists and blocked a pair of shots. She now sits with 988 career points in less than three full seasons, and will have a chance to cross the 1,000 point plateau on Friday against the Ephs.

Maeve McNamara '19 and Jade DuVal '22 scored eight points each while Cam Hendricks '20 pulled down 12 rebounds to go along with five points and three blocked shots.

Hannah Fox scored five points, grabbed nine rebounds and tallied a game-high four assists. 

First-year Meghan Graff played all 40 minutes for the Bobcats (10-11, 2-7 NESCAC) and scored a team-high 19 points on 7-19 shooting. Graff scored 11 of her 19 points in the fourth quarter. First-year Ariana Dalia grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds and blocked three shots. Junior Melanie Binkhorst finished in double figures with 10 points and first-year Mia Roy added seven points off the bench.  

The Mammoths held Bates to 26.3% shooting while Amherst shot 40.4% from the field. However, the Mammoths only hit 1-10 from three-point range. Meanwhile Bates hit 5-24 from outside the arc. Amherst used its height to outscore the Bobcats 40-10 in the paint, though Bates did out-rebound Amherst by a count of 41-39.

A Binkhorst jumper gave Bates a 2-0 lead less than a minute into the game. After the Mammoths went up 4-2, a Dalia three-point play put Bates ahead 5-4 with 7:16 left in the first quarter. Then the Amherst defense clamped down and the Bobcats did not score again in the quarter, with the Mammoths going on an 8-0 run to take a 12-5 lead.

The run continued in the second quarter and Hendricks hit the Mammoths' lone three of the game to put them up 17-5 with 8:13 left in the half. 

Down 19-7 with 7:30 left in the second, the Bobcats chipped away. Roy and Binkhorst knocked down jumpers, then Roy drilled a three to cut the deficit to 19-14 with 3:27 left. After Amherst scored the next four points, Binkhorst hit a three with 1:08 to go, trimming the Amherst lead to 23-17. An Eck layup and a pair of Graff free throws made the score 25-19 in favor of Amherst at the half. 

Amherst's defense was on display again in the third quarter and the Mammoths' offense also came alive, outscoring Bates 16-7. A 9-0 run to start the quarter turned a six-point halftime lead into a 34-19 advantage with 4:26 left in the third. McNamara had a pair of layups and Eck converted a three-point play to cap the spurt with Amherst ahead 34-19.

Graff broke the scoreless drought for Bates by making a three-pointer with 3:35 left. Another Graff three cut the Amherst lead to 36-26 with 1:31 remaining, but the Mammoths went on a 5-0 run to go up 41-26 through three quarters of action, enough to hold off a five-point advantage from the home team over the final ten minutes.

Bates is now 7-2 at home this season, with the Bobcats' only losses coming to No. 1 nationally ranked Bowdoin and No. 5 Amherst. The Bobcats hit the road Tuesday to take on Husson at 5:30pm.