AMHERST, Mass. – Clinching game two of their Little Three matchup against Williams, No. 5 Amherst women's basketball saw four Mammoths score in double-figures, downing the Ephs 63-40 on Wednesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Securing their 16th win on the season, the Mammoths get back in the win column and improve to 16-2 overall while the Ephs drop their fifth loss on the 2019-20 tab, moving to 13-5.
Hannah Fox '20 came close to another double-double, scoring a game-high 15 points and nine rebounds, while also adding two dimes and two thefts. Filling the stat sheet with 13 points and seven rebounds, Madeline Eck '20 also finished with a game-high four assists and three steals.
Aside from an opening score from the Ephs on a three-pointer from Emily Chang, Amherst led wire to wire, producing a strong start that saw the home side up 13-3 at the 4:23 mark of the first quarter. Morgan Dauk scored a layup to make it 13-5, but the Mammoths entered the second stanza up 19-7.
Going on an 8-0 run to start the second quarter, Amherst created a 20-point separation but the Ephs put together an 8-0 run of their own before the break, which was capped off by buzzer beater from Maggie Meehan from half court, bringing the Ephs to within 12 (30-18).
At the half, Fox was already nearing a double-double with 12 points and seven rebounds. Maggie Shipley '23, Courtney Resch '22, and Eck added four points apiece while Cam Hendricks '20 also added six.
The Mammoths shot 9-13 (69.2%) from the field in the first quarter and 30.8% in the second while they were 33.3% from downtown across both periods. The Ephs were shooting 25.9% from the floor and 27.3% from three while Mikaela Topper and Morgan Dauk had six points.
Amherst rattled off 11 unanswered points to open the second half, with the Ephs first field goal coming with 4:18 remaining as Emily Chang lofted a shot off the glass.
Up 41-20, the Mammoths tallied seven more consecutive points and never looked back as they entered the final period of play up 30 points (52-22).
In the fourth, the Ephs were able to cut the deficit to 21 but the Mammoths held strong down the stretch and prevailed with the 23-point win over their Little Three rival.
Morgan Dauk was the only Eph to score in double-figures as she put together 10 points on 5-9 (55.6%) shooting with two boards, while Maddy Mandyck had a team-high six boards.
The Mammoths shot 47.1% from the floor and 41.7% from deep, while also finishing 10-14 (71.4%) from the line. Outrebounding Williams 39-23, Amherst scored 32 points in the paints and netted 14 points off turnovers while the Ephs led in bench points (16-8).
Concluding their four-game home stint, Amherst will now hit the road for a NESCAC matchup against Hamilton on Saturday, Jan. 25th at 3:00 p.m. Williams is back to their home court for their next four games, hosting Middlebury on Saturday as well with tip-off set for 3:00 p.m.