WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Distancing themselves and holding the Ephs to five points in the third quarter, No. 4 Amherst College women's basketball secured their second New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win in a 62-51 decision over rival Williams on Saturday afternoon.
Sweeping their opening weekend of NESCAC competition, the Mammoths improve to a 13-1 (2-0 NESCAC) ledger and hand the Ephs their second loss in the last three games, as they drop to 12-2 and suffer their first conference loss (1-1).
Madeline Eck '20 finished with yet another double-double, reeling in 24 points and 10 rebounds, while adding two steals and two assists. Maggie Shipley '23, who played all 40 minutes, scored 13 points on 5-12 (41.6%) shooting, while Hannah Fox '20 netted 11 and grabbed six boards.
Eck was the driving force behind the Mammoths in the first quarter, amassing 12 of the 15 points with the majority of them coming from the post. Shooting 54.5% from the floor and 33.3% from beyond the arc, Amherst entered the second quarter up two points (15-13).
Katie Brule led the charge for Williams in the second stanza, scoring six points including a jump shot to tie the game at 17 before hitting another jumper to put the Ephs up 22-19 with 3:26 remaining.
With Brule scoring two more free throws to keep the three-point lead, the Mammoths finally regained control after a jump shot from Fox and a layup from Gabrielle Zaffiro '22 put the visiting side up 27-24 heading into the break.
First-year guard Shipley was the front-runner in the second stanza, tallying six points and two steals with Cam Hendricks '20 adding five points as well.
The Mammoths started to pull away after halftime, however, led by their defensive effort. They allowed the Ephs to score only five points in the quarter while scoring sixteen themselves.
Despite outscoring the Mammoths in the final quarter by a 22-19 margin, Williams ran out of time to recover, giving Amherst the first of two regular season matchups between the two sides.
The Ephs were led by junior Maggie Meehan, who had 15 points and six rebounds, while Emily Chang shot 4-6 (66.6%) from the field for nine points. Gabby Martin matched Chang's score line with nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
Amherst finished 42.4% from the floor and 9-12 (75%) from the line, causing 14 turnovers and scoring 13 second chance points. Williams shot 37.7% and bested the Mammoths from behind the arc (28.6%), but were outscored in the paint 34-22.
After sweeping the two-game road trip, Amherst returns to LeFrak Gymnasium for a four-game home stint and will face off against Wesleyan (Conn.) on Tuesday, Jan. 14th at 6:00 PM in their next outing. The Ephs will host Smith College in a non-conference bout on Tuesday as well, before rounding out their conference slate.