LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Outscoring the Bulldogs 45-20 in the second half, including a 28-point third quarter, the No. 6 Amherst College women's basketball team erased a four-point halftime deficit to power past No. 10 DeSales University, 73-52 at the 10th annual D3hoops.com Classic Saturday evening at Southpoint Arena.
With the victory, Amherst improves to 5-1 on the season, while DeSales suffers its second loss of the year and falls to 7-2 overall. The Mammoths are back on the court tomorrow, Sunday, Dec. 29 when they wrap up D3hoops.com Classic action with a 3:00PM non-conference clash versus Keene State College (2-7).
Holding DeSales to nine points while sending seven jumpers and a free throw through the nylon to take a 15-9 lead after 15 minutes of action, a 23-point effort by the Bulldogs gave the home team a 32-28 edge at intermission before the Mammoths came roaring back in the second half – retaking a lead they did not relinquish with 8:04 on the clock in the third. The Mammoths outscored the Bulldogs 28-12 in the third and 17-8 in the fourth.
Amherst shot an outstanding 63.2% (12-19) from the floor and amassed five steals in an electrifying third stanza en route to posting a 47.5 field goal percentage on 29-61 shooting and went 13-for-14 from the line.
Senior guards Hannah Fox and Madeline Eck led the Mammoths' attack, netting 30 and 19 points, respectively, including 11 and 10 points in the third quarter, while junior Kate Sullivan (three) and Fox (four) combined for seven of Amherst's nine steals on the night.
Each of the Mammoths' starting five hauled in five-or-more rebounds in the win and Dani Valdez '22 led all players with five blocks while also adding five rebounds and 10 points on 5-for-7 shooting in 25 minutes.
The lone DeSales starter to add more than five points to the board, Averi Jordan was the Bulldogs' leading point-getter with 16 points to go with four rebounds and two steals, while Rylie notched 11 points followed by Megan Bealer with 10.
The Amherst defense held DeSales to 16-55 from the floor (29.1%), including 2-12 (16.7%) in the fourth quarter.
The Mammoths racked up 12 assists compared to DeSales' seven helpers and owned a 10-1 advantage in blocks.