NESCAC Preview: No. 6 Women's Basketball Aims for Ninth NESCAC Title

NESCAC Preview: No. 6 Women's Basketball Aims for Ninth NESCAC Title

AMHERST, Mass. -- Making their 17th straight appearance in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, sixth-ranked Amherst women's basketball (21-3, 8-2 NESCAC) earned the No. 2 seed and will host seventh-seeded Bates (13-11, 4-6 NESCAC) in quarterfinals action on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in LeFrak Gymnasium.


SCHEDULE  |  CHAMPIONSHIP GEAR  |  CHAMPIONSHIP CENTRAL  |  VIDEO


LIVE COVERAGE

Saturday's quarterfinal matchup will feature LIVE STATS and a WEBCAST broadcasted by the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). 

SETTING THE SCENE

Last meeting in the 2017 quarterfinals when the Mammoths won 76-35, Amherst holds a 4-2 advantage over the Bobcats in the NESCAC Championship series.

Hosting a quarterfinals game for the 14th consecutive year, the Mammoths are the No. 2 seed for the second year in a row and enter the tournament riding a five-game win streak.  

Tip-off is slated for 2:00 p.m. against the Bobcats, while the semifinals will commence a week later on Saturday, February 29th with the championship game set for Sunday (March 1st) at 12:00 p.m.

SCOUTING AMHERST
No. 2 Seed -- (21-3, 8-2) | Schedule | Roster | Stats

  • Amherst enters the opening round of the NESCAC tournament on a five-game win streak and are 10-2 at home. 
  • Third in the nation for scoring defense (45.9), Amherst averages 63.8 points per game and is among the top-five in Divison III for free-throw percentage (77.7).
  • Hannah Fox '20 leads the Mammoths with 16.5 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game, while Madeline Eck '20 averages a team-high 2.3 assists per game.
  • A defensive stalwart, Courtney Resch '22 leads the conference in blocked shots (62) and blocked shots per game (2.58).

SCOUTING BATES
No. 7 Seed -- (13-11, 4-6) | Schedule | Roster | Stats

  • Having won four out of their last five games, Bates enters their matchup with the Mammoths with a 13-11 overall record and are the seventh-seed for the first time since 2016. 
  • Making their first appearance in the NESCAC tournament since 2017 and 14th overall, the Bobcats average 60.9 points per game and 38.5 rebounds per game. 
  • The league-leader in field goals made and points per game, Meghan Graff anchors the offensive production with 18.3 points per game and a team-high 3.0 assists per game. 
  • The Bobcats are second in the conference in fewest turnovers (320), while Ariana Dalia averages 6.4 rebounds per game. 

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 2 Amherst No. 7 Bates
Points per game  63.8  60.9
FG %  40.9 35.7 
3PT %  28.9  27.2 
FT %  77.7  73.0 
Rebounds per game  39.4  38.5 
Assists per game 12.7  11.8 
Steals per game  9.7  9.2 
Blocks per game  6.2  3.8 
Points per game allowed  45.9  56.9 


CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE 
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 22
at Higher Seeds
No. 8 Wesleyan at No. 1 Tufts - 2:00 p.m.
No. 7 Bates at No. 2 Amherst - 2:00 p.m.
No. 6 Hamilton at No. 3 Bowdoin - 3:00 p.m.
No. 5 Trinity at No. 4 Williams - 3:00 p.m.

Semifinals - Saturday, February 29
at Highest Remaining Seed
Lowest Remaining Seed vs. Highest Remaining Seed - 2:00 p.m.
Other Quarterfinal Winners - 4:00 p.m.

Championship - Sunday, March 1
at Semifinal Host
Semifinal winners - 12:00 p.m.

-- Parts of this Release are Courtesy of the NESCAC office --