No. 6 Amherst Completes Sweep at D3hoops Classic With Win Over Keene State

No. 6 Amherst Completes Sweep at D3hoops Classic With Win Over Keene State

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Senior guard Hannah Fox accounted for 18 points to lead all players and become the new all-time leading scorer, men or women, in the 10-year history of the Classic with 127 points in five games as the No. 6 Amherst College women's basketball team downed Keene State College, 71-41 Sunday afternoon at Southpoint Arena.

Senior guard Madeline Eck talks with's Gordon Mann about the Mammoths' 3-point shooting, playing with fellow senior Hannah Fox, and the next stop on Amherst's road trip -California.

Hitting double-digits in every game so far this winter, Fox entered today's contest with 109 career points over three seasons in Classic competition and needed just three more to match the mark of 112 set by Thomas Bonacum who played for Ramapo from 2015-2018. Sending a three-pointer through the nylon with 7:18 to go in the second quarter, Fox tied Bonacum and the game (17 all) before setting a new benchmark with 3:31 on the clock in the third with another swish from beyond the arc. Fox became the 19th member of the Mammoths' 1,000-point club earlier this season – tallying 21 points in a 60-49 victory over Ithaca on Nov. 23 – and has now netted 1,101 points in 98 career games for the Purple & White.

With the victory, Amherst picks up its third straight win and improves to 6-1 on the season, while Keene State falls to 2-8 overall. The Mammoths are back in action on Tuesday, Dec. 31 when they close out the decade with a 7:00PM bout versus non-conference foe Redlands (8-3) on the campus of Chapman University.

Holding the Mammoths to 4-15 shooting while going 5-9 from the floor in the opening quarter, the Owls kept it interesting early and took a 15-12 into the second period before the Amherst offense exploded for 20-plus points in each of the next two stanzas.

Making the needed adjustments before hitting the hardwood for the second, the Mammoths rattled off a 31-7 run over the next quarter and a half to take a commanding 43-22 lead with just over six minutes to play in the third. Owning a 27-point lead after 45 minutes (57-30), the home team outscored the Owls 14-11 in the fourth period to record their largest margin of victory since their season opener.

Fox finished 7-14 from the floor, including 4-7 from beyond the arc, in 30 minutes to lead the contest with 18 points while picking up four rebounds, four steals and three assists. First-year Maggie Shipley was the game's next leading scorer, posting 16 points behind a perfect 7-7 from the stripe. Shipley also registered three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in an impressive all-around effort. Gabrielle Zaffiro '22 was the final Mammoth to hit double-digit points, notching 10 points while going 3-5 from the floor.

With 14 points in 28 minutes, Tamra Gonyea led Keene State's offense while adding three rebounds and two steals to the box score, while Hailey Derosia went 3-8 for six points as the Owls' second leading point-getter.

Breaking the game open in the second quarter, Amherst went 8-14 from the floor (57.1%) while holding the Owls to just 2-12 shooting (16.7%) and finished the night 25-56 (44.6%).

At the line, the Mammoths hit on 81.3% of their free throws (13-16) compared to the Owls who went just 14-25 (56.0%) from the stripe. Completing the two-game sweep at the Classic, Amherst also held a dominant edge in rebounds (33-28), assists (16-4), points off turnovers (26-12), points in the paint (28-14), fastbreak points (9-0) and points off the bench (39-19) against the visitors.