HOBOKEN, N.J. – Amherst College women's basketball, who's ranked second in the nation in scoring defense (45.2), limited Stevens to 39 points en route to their seventh consecutive win on Sunday afternoon at the Canavan Arena.
Madeline Eck '20 scored a season-high 21 points as the Mammoths improve to 10-1 on the year. Stevens recorded their eighth loss, falling to 3-8 and enter conference play on Jan. 8th, at 7:00 PM against Delaware Valley University.
Stevens hung around in the opening six minutes as a three-pointer and layup from Christina Li gave the Ducks a one-point lead momentarily. However, Eck and Maggie Shipley '23 combined for the next 11 points to put the Mammoths up 16-10 at the three minute mark.
Going on a 9-0 run to the end the first quarter, Amherst created the separation and never looked back as they expanded their lead progressively in the second stanza thanks to a pair of jump shots and free throws from Dani Valdez '22, who finished the game with eight points.
At the half, Amherst led by 16 points (38-22) on 15-31 from the field (48%) while the Ducks shot 44% from beyond the arc (4-10).
Setting the tone, Eck led all scorers with 14 points while Shipley followed close behind with 12 on 100% shooting from downtown (2-2). The tandem grabbed four boards apiece while Hannah Fox '20 added six of her own. Christina Li was the frontrunner at the break for Stevens, netting 11 points and four rebounds.
Opening the third quarter, three-pointers from Eck, Fox, and Cam Hendricks '20 put the Mammoths up 55-33. The Ducks never came within that margin again as the relentless defense from Amherst limited the home side to 13 points in the third and only four points in the final 10 minutes.
Shipley finished with 14 points on 50% shooting from the field while Fox was just shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds. Alongside Fox, Hendricks controlled the boards with eight, lending five points and one assist in 25 minutes.
Amherst dished out 17 assists and finished with 53 rebounds to the Ducks 20. The Mammoths also saw 24 of their points come from the bench and 21 points come from second chance opportunities.
Stevens notched 12 points off turnovers, 14 bench points, and shot 31.3% from beyond the arc.
The Mammoths, who are second in the nation in free-throw percentage, shot 73% from the line. Ranked first in the nation in blocked shots per game, they finished with five as Courtney Resch '22 denied two shot attempts of her own through 22 minutes played.
The Mammoths take to their home court for their next outing when they matchup against Albertus Magnus College on Jan. 7th, with tip-off set for 5:00 p.m. From there, Amherst will enter league play as they open with a road duel against Middlebury on Friday, Jan. 10th, at 7:00 PM.