Mammoths Open Season With Home Win Over Rams

Mammoths Open Season With Home Win Over Rams

AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College held Farmingdale State to just 12 points in the first half and opened their 2018-19 season with a 64-35 victory over the Rams in nonconference women's basketball Saturday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Mammoths (1-0) ran out to a 21-5 lead in the first quarter and made eleven three-pointers in the contest, while holding Farmingdale State (0-2) to 3-14 from behind the line.

Hannah Fox '20 and Lauren Pelosi '22 led the Mammoths with 11 points apiece. Fox also dished out five assists, while Madeline Eck '20 had ten points, four assists, four rebounds and a block.

Amherst's bench outscored Farmingdale's 31-5 and the Mammoths had more than double the amount of boards, outrebounding the Rams 46-21.

The Mammoths came out of the gate shooting three-pointers and got immediate triples from Meghan Sullivan '19, Cam Hendricks '20 and Fox to take a 9-3 lead. An 11-0 run, capped by a three-pointer by Pelosi on her first collegiate shot, upped the lead to double figures at 14-3, and they closed out the quarter with seven straight points.

The five-player first year class for Amherst all saw considerable time, with Pelosi and Dani Valdez (seven points, team-high ten rebounds) among the group.

Valdez converted a layup with under a minute left in the first half to put the finishing touches on an 8-0 run and the hosts led 38-12 at the break.

Nia Miller scored a game-high 15 points for the Rams, and Alexis Hunter filled the stat sheet with ten points, three steals, a block and five boards.

Miller hit a three-pointer at 3:34 of the third quarter to bring the deficit back to 19 points, but Kate Sullivan '21 and Pelosi answered with triples of their own before the quarter expired and the lead was back up to 23. It would stay in the twenties until the final three minutes of the game when a three-point play by Eck and a free throw by first year Gabrielle Zaffiro pushed it to 31, the biggest margin of the night.

Meghan Sullivan had six points, five rebounds, three assists and a team-high three steals. Kate Sullivan scored six points and had a pair of steals and a rejection in the win.

Amherst hosts RPI tomorrow at 3:00 PM as they continue their season-opening three-game homestand.