HARTFORD, Conn. – Fending off a late surge from Trinity (Conn.), No. 6 Amherst College women's basketball utilized a 25-point second quarter to secure their 20th win on the season with a 58-53 win over the Bantams on the road Friday night.
Improving to 20-3 on the season and 7-2 in conference, the Mammoths' conclude their 2019-20 regular season campaign tomorrow with a 3:00 p.m. meeting against Connecticut College. Receiving their fourth consecutive loss and dropping to 15-8, the Bantams will play host to Hamilton for their final regular season outing.
Recording her fourth double-double on the season, Hannah Fox '20 led the Mammoths' with a team-high 23 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Madeline Eck '20 shot 7-15 from the field to tally 16 points, five rebounds and two thefts.
The Mammoths' shot 85.7% from the line and 35.3% from beyond the arc, while the Bantams shot 41.7% from three and 33.3% from the field.
With the lead changing only four times, Amherst led a majority of the way as their largest lead of 22 came with 9:39 remaining in the third quarter.
Up one with just under two minutes remaining in the opening period of play, Eck scored five quick points to give the Mammoths a 13-7 lead heading into the second.
A 9-0 run in the first six minutes of the second stanza, led by four points from Dani Valdez '22, created a 13-point separation at the 4:18 mark before back-to-back threes from Fox and a layup from Eck put Amherst up 20 points heading into the break (38-18).
At the half, Fox and Eck score 12 points apiece while both Mammoths shot 100% (3-3) from the floor in the second quarter alone.
Maintaining a comfortable lead in the third quarter that hovered around 16 points, Amherst entered the final 10 minutes up 47-31, before the Bantams made their break and brought it to within 10 points following a three-pointer from Fuller at the 7:27 mark.
Trading buckets with less than five minutes remaining, the Mammoths' continued to answer for every score by the Bantams until Fuller hit another triple from deep to bring it to within seven (1:32).
Despite Fuller's jump shot that brought it to only a six-point lead, Amherst went 5-6 from the line in the final minute to ice the game and pick up their seventh NESCAC win.
Scoring 20 in the paint and six fast break points, Amherst netted 18 points off turnovers while the Bantams edged the visitors in rebounding (35-31).
Valdez contributed two steals, two rebounds, and 10 points as her and Fox shot 100% from the charity stripe (4-4).
Trinity's Bria Fuller was the games leading scorer with 27 points, adding two dimes and five rebounds, while Peace Kabari added 12 points in 19 minutes played.