Prior to the start of the game, Amherst women's basketball recognized the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. Compiling a four-year overall record of 109-7 to boast a 94% winning percentage, including a 34-3 conference ledger and a 57-3 mark at home, Hannah Fox '20, Cam Hendricks '20, and
AMHERST, Mass. – Overcoming an eight-point first quarter deficit and rattling off a 16-0 run late in the second, No. 9 Amherst women's basketball picked up their sixth New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win after taking down Colby, 53-36, on senior day at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The Mammoths' improve to 19-3 overall and 6-2 in NESCAC play while Colby drops to 7-14 (2-7 NESCAC).
Alisha Aube led the Mules in a strong opening quarter that saw the visitors up 9-5 at the five minute mark. Following a lay-in from Jane MacKerron, Hannah Fox '20 tried to close the gap with a three-pointer, but Aube answered with a three of her own to enter the second stanza up 14-8.
Amherst was able to overcome an eight-point deficit at the beginning of the second quarter following back-to-back three's from Fox and Madeline Eck '20. Knotting the game at 16-16 after a lay-in from Cam Hendricks '20, Fox's two-points gave the Mammoths their first lead since the 7:17 mark in the first quarter.
The Mammoths' extended their lead throughout the remainder of the second quarter and into the third after utilizing a 16-0 run that was capped off by a layup from Maggie Shipley '23 (34-18) within two minutes of the third period.
Hannah Fox '20, who was 100% from beyond the arc entering halftime, led the Mammoths' with 10 points at the break, while Gabrielle Zaffiro '22 had four points off the bench on 2-4 shooting. Amherst was 38.7% from the field and 50% from deep and held a 7-6 edge in second chance points.
Colby was led by 10 points and four rebounds on 2-5 from deep by Alisha Aube, while Grace Coutu had four points and two blocks in the opening 20 minutes of play. The Mules, who had four points in the paint, shot 33.3% from three-point range.
After the Mules brought the score back to within 10 with two minutes remaining in the third, Hendricks drilled a shot from beyond the arc to maintain a comfortable lead and enter the fourth up 41-28.
Outscoring the Mules 12-8, Amherst locked down on defense to fend off Colby in the final 10 minutes, while Fox tallied six of her 16 points in the fourth to lead the Mammoths' to their 19th win on the season.
Finalizing the game with a 34.3% mark from the field, Amherst outrebounded the Mule 39-36 and notched three more assists. Reeling in 22 points off turnovers, the Mammoths' held a 6-0 edge in fast-break points.
Fox led all scorers with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Eck filled the stat sheet with seven points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Shipley was also just shy of a double-double with eight points on 4-15 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Aube had a team-high 14 points and seven rebounds while Coutu finished with seven points and 10 rebounds -- eight defensive. The Mules shot 29.3% from the floor and 33.3% from deep, winning the bench battle with 12 points to the Mammoths 10.
Amherst has a five-day rest before hitting the road for a NESCAC duel against Trinity (Conn.) on Friday, Feb. 14th, slated for 7:00 p.m. Colby has a non-conference bout against Husson on Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.