First Half Run Sets the Tone for Win Over Pointers

First Half Run Sets the Tone for Win Over Pointers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – A 20-1 run from late in the first quarter to early in the second helped Amherst College overcome an early deficit on their way to a 59-41 victory over Wisconsin Stevens-Point in non-conference women's basketball play at the Classic on Saturday afternoon at South Point arena.

Madeline Eck '20 scored a game-high 20 points and Cam Hendricks '20 filled the stat sheet with eleven points, seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

Hannah Fox '20, who broke an Amherst and D3Hoops Classic record with 43 points yesterday, was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

A young Wisconsin Stevens-Point squad jumped out to an 8-2 lead just four minutes into the opening quarter, but the Amherst streak began with layups by Maeve McNamara '19 and Eck, before Dani Valdez '22 tied the game at nine and Hendricks put through a triple to give Amherst their first lead of the day, 12-9 heading into the second quarter.

Another three by Hendricks extended the lead to double-digits and McNamara hit from long-range herself to help Amherst start the second quarter on a 10-0 run.

Carly Cerrato, who was one of two Wisconsin players in double figures with ten points, stopped the bleeding for the Pointers (4-7) with a layup, but Amherst scored the next nine points.

Fox got on the board for the first time with a jumper with 2:43 left to play in the half, increasing the lead to 20 (31-11) for the first time today.

Fox finished the game with nine points and three steals. McNamara scored eleven points while Dani Valdez provided all of the Amherst bench scoring, with eight points and seven rebounds.

The Mammoths (8-1) had a 17-9 advantage on the offensive glass and shot 40.0% from the field.

Stevens-Point was led by 13 points from Bailee Collins and nine rebounds out of Amber Baehman. The Pointers were outscored just 13-11 in the third quarter and had a 15-13 edge in the final ten minutes.

Amherst led by as many as 23 midway through the third quarter but the Pointers were able to cut the deficit to just 15 by the seven-minute mark of the fourth.

Eck converted a three-point play to get Amherst back on the right track, and Fox made a layup and a jumper to push the lead back over the 20-point mark, though Wisconsin Stevens-Point converted a pair of free-throws before time expired.

The Mammoths begin the second leg of their West Coast swing by heading to Orange, California to the campus of Chapman. Amherst will play Redlands there at 7:00 PM (EST) on New Year's Eve and then finish their trip against the hosts at 4:00 PM Eastern on New Year's Day.