Third Quarter Surge Lifts No. 4 Women’s Basketball over Albertus Magnus

Third Quarter Surge Lifts No. 4 Women’s Basketball over Albertus Magnus

AMHERST, Mass. – Up 10 points heading into the halftime break, Amherst College women's basketball rattled off a 17-3 run and outscored the Falcons by 27 points in the second half to clinch their eighth consecutive win, 88-51, in their final non-conference matchup Tuesday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Recording their fourth 30+ point victory on the season, the Mammoths improve to 11-1 overall while the Falcons received their fourth loss, dropping to 9-4 heading into conference play.

The Falcons hung around in the opening period of play, fighting off an early 8-0 run to bring it back to within three, but a jump shot from Dani Valdez '23 and layup from Madeline Eck '20 put the home side up seven heading into the second quarter.

With the Mammoths adding to their lead and going up 20-11, Shyla Osmond cashed in a pair of jump shots to bring the Falcons to within three (20-17). However, Amherst answered with balanced scoring to head into halftime up 10.

Eck owned the boards in the opening 20 minutes, tallying eight while Dani Valdez '22 led all scorers with 10 points on 5-6 shooting (83.3%). Maggie Shipley '23 followed close behind Valdez with nine points off the bench. Shyla Osmond led Albertus Magnus with nine points at the half while Kyah Nowlin added eight alongside three rebounds.

With the score set at 34-24, the Mammoths were shooting 41.2% from the field and 16.7% from downtown before Eck's six points, and a pair of threes from Cam Hendricks '20 and Maggie Shipley '23, helped place the Mammoths up 21 points within the first four minutes of the third stanza.

From there, Amherst never looked back as they shot 71.4% (5-7) from beyond the arc and 73.7% (14-19) from the field, which put them up 28 points heading into the fourth.

Similar to the opening period, the Mammoths #2 ranked scoring defense shined through as the team limited the visiting Falcons to 11 points in the fourth en route to their eighth consecutive win.

Eck finished with her fourth double-double on the season, scoring 14 points and reeling in a game-high 11 boards while Shipley scored a team-high 19 points. Hannah Fox '20 tied her season-best five assists and scored 11 points with six boards.

Scoring 16 second half points, Albertus Magnus forward Rah-Rah Thompson notched a double-double with a game-high 20 points and team-high 10 boards. The Falcons ended the game shooting 30% from the field and 65.5% from the line.

The Mammoths shot 50% from downtown in the fourth, ending the game with a 47.9% mark from the field and 22 points off turnovers.  

Amherst hits the road for their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matchup, facing off against Middlebury College on Jan. 10th, with tip-off slated for 7:00 PM.  The Falcons line up against Regis College (Mass.) for their Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) opener on Jan. 11th.