AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College made five three-pointers in the second quarter and outscored Hamilton College 42-20 in the middle twenty minutes to finish the 2018-19 regular season with a 77-48 victory over the visiting Continentals in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) women's basketball action Wednesday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Amherst, ranked number four in the country, improves to 22-2 and 9-1 in the NESCAC. They will be the #2 seed in the conference tournament and will host #7 Wesleyan at 4:00 PM on Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Cam Hendricks '20 and Maeve McNamara '19 each hit a pair of three-pointers during the second quarter. McNamara, who finished the night with ten points, three rebounds and a steal, hit from long range on back to back possessions to put Amherst ahead 20-14, a lead they would not relinquish. They pushed the lead to nine points on a three by Hendricks and extended it to 30-16 on another of her triples.
Hendricks had three blocks and a seven rebounds to go with six points and two assists. Classmates Hannah Fox (17 points, four assists, seven rebounds) and Madeline Eck (12 points, five rebounds) were also helpful on the glass while scoring in double figures. The pair of juniors were a combined 10-10 from the foul line.
Carly O'Hern had five points in the first quarter for Hamilton and the Continentals led by four points early on, but the teams eventually finished the first quarter back in a stalemate, tied at 14.
O'Hern ended the night with seven points and five rebounds for the Continentals, who shot 28% from the floor but had a 37-33 lead in rebounding. Elizabeth Arnold (11 points) and Marie Steiner (10 points) were the leading scorers for the visitors.
Amherst shot better than 50% from the floor in the second half, including 7-10 in the fourth quarter, outscoring Hamilton 19-14 and taking their largest lead of the night with a minute left to play when Lauren Pelosi '22 became the tenth member of the team to get in the scorebook.
Gabrielle Zaffiro '22 matched a career-high with six points, all of them in the fourth quarter. Senior Meghan Sullivan had nine points, two assists and a steal, while first year Jade Duval added eight points and five rebounds and Courtney Resch had three blocks and two dimes off the bench. Kate Sullivan '21 had a pair of steals and four points in the win.
Halie Serbent paced the Continentals on the galss with six rebounds, to go with four points. Kelcie Zarle had a team-high three assists and scored 9 points, including 1-4 from behind the three point line.
Hamilton sees their season come to an end with a record of 10-12 (0-10 NESCAC).