AMHERST, Mass. – Sophomore Courtney Resch '22 broke the single-game block record with 12 on the night and moved to second overall in the single-season block category (81) as No. 7 Amherst College women's basketball secured a third round spot in the 2020 NCAA Division III Tournament following their 60-40 win over Rowan University Saturday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst joins Tufts and Christopher Newport as one of just three programs in NCAA Division III women's basketball to advance to the Sectional Round in each of the last five national postseason tournaments.
Newly Minted Program Leader in Single-Game Rebounds (12) Courtney Resch '22, Hannah Fox '20 and head coach G.P. Gromacki talk Second Round action!
Her second career double-double, Resch moved past Sarah Walker (2000-01) for second place all time in total blocks during a season. The current record holder is Megan Robertson (2012-13) with 90, while Resch also surpassed the single-game block record of seven which was tied by herself (2019 vs Babson), Jackie Nagle (2018 vs. Wesleyan), Julie Smith (2004 vs. Conn. College), and Robertson (2013 vs. Bowdoin).
The Mammoths improve to 24-4 on the season and will advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament for the 13th consecutive season. The Profs, who were making their 11th appearance in the NCAA postseason and the first since 2016, concluded their season with a record of 25-4.
Hannah Fox '20 netted 10 of the first 18 points for the Mammoths on 4-6 shooting from the floor, giving the team an 18-13 lead heading into the second quarter.
Just two minutes into the second, Paige Caldwell's layup brought the game to within four (22-18) before Madeline Eck '20 scored on back-to-back possessions to give Amherst an eight point lead with 6:31 remaining.
Aside from a lone free-throw by Caldwell, Resch's jump shot and a three-pointer from Fox marked the final scores of the first half, which put Amherst up nine points heading into the break (31-22).
Accounting for 27 of the 31 first-half points by the Mammoths, Eck and Fox led the way with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while Resch already had eight blocks and six boards. The Mammoths were shooting 36.1% from the floor and 100% from the line.
Scoring six points off the bench for the Profs, Caldwell was 1-2 from deep and 2-4 from the field, while Nicolle Mallard had five points and four boards. Shooting 23.5% from the floor in the first quarter, Rowan was 28.6% from three-point range and 85.7% from the charity stripe through the opening 20 minutes.
Down by 12 points, the Profs rattled of a 9-0 run early in the third quarter to cut the deficit to three (36-33) before Amherst scored seven unanswered points to create a 10-point separation.
After a three-minute scoring drought from both teams to round out the third, the Mammoths cushioned their lead throughout the fourth and went on to outscore the Profs 17-7 in the final stanza to solidify their third round spot.
Scoring nearly half of the team's points, Fox was just shy of a double-double with a game-high 24 points and nine rebounds on 47.4% shooting, while Resch's 10 rebounds and 12 blocks highlighted a strong defensive effort by the victors.
Rowan, who led the nation in total rebounds heading into this weekend, were outrebounded by the Mammoths 49-36. Amherst scored 14 points off turnovers to the Profs two, but the visitors held a 13-12 edge in bench points and an 8-5 advantage in steals.
More information regarding location, dates, and times for the third and fourth round of the NCAA tournament will be released in a full preview in the coming days.