No. 6 Women’s Basketball Thwarts No. 24 Widener in Non-Conference Showdown

No. 6 Women’s Basketball Thwarts No. 24 Widener in Non-Conference Showdown

CHESTER, Pa. – Tallying 25 points through 30 minutes played, senior guard Hannah Fox led Amherst College women's basketball to their sixth consecutive win after posting their highest point total this season, downing Widener 87-48 on Saturday afternoon at the Schwartz Center.

With the win, Amherst recorded their second highest margin of victory this campaign and move to 9-1 on the season. Widener strikes their first loss on the 2019-20 tab, dropping to 11-1 overall.

Notching double-doubles apiece, Hannah Fox '20 and Madeline Eck '20 led the charge for Amherst with 25 and 19 points, respectively, alongside 12 rebounds each. Fox's mark was her second highest score this season, lending five assists and only two turnovers while Eck contributed three more assists and two steals.  

The Mammoths opened up the first quarter hitting seven of their first 10 shots and ended the stanza shooting 11-16 (68.75%).

Up 16 points heading into the second (26-10), Amherst continued to press on but the Pride were able to cap off the second quarter with an 8-4 run on five of seven shooting, however, the home side trailed 48-26 at the half.

Widener, who missed their first two attempts from beyond the arc, went into halftime shooting 42% from three-point range.

The second half saw more of the same as Amherst extended their lead throughout the remainder of the contest. Firing 50% from the field (8-16) and 66.67% (2-3) from downtown, the Mammoths outscored the Pride 25-12 in the third, placing them up 73-38 heading into the final 10 minutes.

Only getting three shots to fall in the fourth quarter (25%) and none from beyond the arc, the Pride saw their chances dwindling as the Mammoths shot 43.75% from the field (7-16) to finish the game.

Adding 12 points and six rebounds on the afternoon, sophomore Dani Valdez '22 shot 5-9 from the field through 20 minutes while Kate Sullivan '21 matched Fox with five assists and brought down four boards.

Madison Ireland led all scorers for the Pride with 11 points on six free throws and two field goals. Nicole Barnes aided Ireland in controlling the boards, tallying six apiece while Ireland had a team-high four assists.

Netting 46 points in the paint and 33 points from the bench, Amherst maintained the lead throughout the entire game and finished with eight fast break points on the day. The Mammoths also finished with 17 points off turnovers, 53 rebounds, and 17 assists.

Amherst women's basketball has a quick turnaround as they travel to New Jersey to face Stevens Institute of Technology tomorrow, Jan. 4th (1:00 PM) before returning to LeFrak Gymansium on Jan. 7th to host Albertus Magnus College in their final non-conference bout at 5:00 PM.