AMHERST, Mass. – Junior guard Madeline Eck scored her 1,000th career point for Amherst College women's basketball and the No. 4 Mammoths defeated rival Williams College 57-38 in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action on Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Eck needed 12 points to reach the 1,000 point plateau, and she finished the night with 14 points, co-leading all players along with teammate Cam Hendricks '20, who turned in a double-double with ten rebounds as well.
Amherst (20-2, 7-1 NESCAC) has reached the 20-win mark as a team for the 12th consecutive year, all under G.P. Gromacki. The Mammoths stifled Williams (10-13, 4-5 NESCAC) over the middle twenty minutes of the game, holidng the Ephs to just two field goals in each of the second and third quarters.
Both teams were sluggish in the early moments of the game, and Williams led 7-2, but Amherst finished the first half on a 9-0 run, with a layup by Eck to bring her to ten points by the break and then five straight points from Hannah Fox '20, who finished the night with seven points.
It was during the third quarter, in which Amherst outscored Williams 18-5, that Eck recorded her milestone, grabbing her own offensive rebound and finishing a reverse layup with 7:34 left in the period.
Hendricks went 3-7 from long distance. Meghan Sullivan '19 scored seven points, dished out three assists and had five blocks in the victory. Fellow senior Maeve McNamara had 13 points, including 2-3 from three-point land, and three assists.
Williams was led by nine points from Gabby Martin, who also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals. Katie Brule scored six points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
The win also clinched the Little Three title for Amherst, with sweeps of both Williams and Wesleyan. This is the 12th consecutive season that Amherst has had at least a share of the Little 3 title and the fifth straight year in which they have won the title outright.
Eck becomes the 18th member of the 1,000 point club. She joins her former teammates Hannah Hackley '18 and Ali Doswell '17, who is the all-time leading scorer in Amherst women's basketball history (1,572 points).
Tomorrow will be Senior Day at LeFrak, and Amherst will honor McNamara and Sullivan before they host Middlebury at 3:00 PM.
Williams travels to Hamilton for their regular season finale.