AMHERST, Mass. – Amherst College matched their highest block total in a single game over the last two years with 12 rejections in a 61-38 victory over Babson College to win the 2019 Women's Basketball Tip-Off Classic on Monday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
The block party was led by Courtney Resch '22, who swatted seven shots for a new career high, tying the program record for blocked shots in a game. Resch now has 13 blocks through three games this year and 48 rejections in just over a season with the Mammoths.
Hannah Fox '20 scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds on her way to being named MVP of the Tip-Off Classic, which began with a 60-49 win over Ithaca in which Fox hit the 1,000 point career plateau.
Gabrielle Zaffiro '22 joined Fox on the All-Tournament Team with a ten-point, four steal performance, following a 15-point showing against the Bombers.
Tonight's twelve blocks matches the Mammoth's effort on March 1st last year in a 66-45 win over Husson, the opening game of the 2018-19 NCAA Tournament.
Amherst (3-0) jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never trailed, going into the first quarter break ahead 15-8.
The lead reached double-digits when Cam Hendricks '20 hit a three-pointer with a minute and a half gone in the second quarter.
Megan Bauman scored six of her team-high 13 points for Babson in the second quarter and kept the Beavers within shooting range at the break, where Amherst led 31-19.
Madeline Eck '20, who scored 18 points and had three steals and two assists in the win, scored the first two buckets of the second half as Amherst opened the third quarter on a 12-0 run. Amherst held Babson off the scoreboard for nearly seven minutes of the third quarter and by the time Bauman converted a layup, Amherst held a 43-21 advantage.
The Mammoths' defense held Babson (2-2) to just 1-9 on three-point attempts and 27.5% from the floor.
Hendricks had three blocks and two assists for Amherst, while Kate Sullivan '21 led the team with tree dimes off the bench.
Babson outrebounded the Mammoths 45-39, led by seven rebounds from Emily Bonifacic, who also had five points. Katie Jones scored six points off the Babson bench, while Bauman added five boards, three assists and a steal to her line in the box score.
Dani Valdez '22 scored four points in the fourth quarter and Lauren Pelosi '22 knocked down a three-point attempt on her first shot of the game as Amherst held their lead through the final ten minutes.
Resch tied Jackie Nagle, Julie Smith and Megan Robertson for the most blocked shots in a game. Nagle was the most recent player to accomplish the feat, on February 24th in a NESCAC tournament game against Wesleyan.
The Mammoths are off for the Thanksgiving break before hosting Emmanuel on December 3rd in the final home game of 2019.