AMHERST, Mass. – With a 58-46 win over Geneseo on Saturday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium, the No. 6 Amherst College women's basketball team has advanced to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2019 NCAA Division III tournament for the twelfth consecutive year.
Amherst (25-3) will likely be on the road next weekend and will face the winner of St. Thomas (MN) and Wisconsin Lutheran.
Led by 18 points apiece from Madeline Eck '20 and Hannah Fox '20, the Mammoths topped Geneseo (24-5) by shooting 43.4% from the field and holding the Knights to just 27.5% shooting and 23 total points below their season average.
McKenna Brooks completed her Geneseo career with a tournament double-double, 12 points and 13 rebounds. Brooks got to the foul line 15 times and made ten attempts at the charity stripe. She also had two steals, though Amherst held her to 1-6 from the field.
Amherst ripped off a 10-0 run in the second quarter, in which they shot 46.2% from the floor and 2-4 from behind the three-point line. Fox converted an old-fashioned three-point play on an acrobatic layup and Eck showed off her shot-making skills with an up and under that went high off the glass to give Amherst a seven-point lead at the four-minute mark. Cam Hendricks '20 nailed a corner three to bring the lead to double-digits for the first time.
Kelsey Poplawski, who was 3-3 from three-point land in the first half, answered with two three-pointers in less than a minute, but Fox hit from behind the arc at the top of the key in the final thirty seconds of the half and Amherst took a 30-23 lead into the locker room.
Eck had eight points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in the first twenty minutes. She finished the night with a double-double with 11 rebounds. Fox had ten points, four rebounds and two steals before halftime and ended the game a rebound shy of a double-double, but with a game-high four steals.
Lindsay Halpin scored seven of her nine points in the third quarter on 3-4 shooting, but the rest of the Knights were held to 1-9 and 0-2 from long range as Amherst built their lead to eleven by the under-five media timeout of the third-quarter.
Hendricks finished the game with eight points and she nailed another three at the one-minute mark of the third quarter. Halpin answered and the lead was nine points for Amherst at the third quarter break.
Fox hit a jumper from the baseline to get the Amherst lead back to ten points (53-43) with four minutes left in regulation. Senior Maeve McNamara got a finger roll to go for two more as the Mammoths put themselves in position to seal the victory.
Kelsey Poplawski scored nine points and Natalie Alfieri added eight points for the Knights.