Amherst Women's Basketball Routs Camels, 76-52, in Regular Season Finale

Amherst Women's Basketball Routs Camels, 76-52, in Regular Season Finale

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Leading since the 2:57 mark in the first quarter, No. 6 Amherst women's basketball rounded out their 2019-20 regular season campaign with a 76-52 win over Connecticut College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play on Saturday afternoon at Luce Fieldhouse.  

Cementing their regular season record at 21-3, the Mammoths' currently sit second in the conference and will wait for the official seeding of the 2020 NESCAC Championship to be released by the league office.

Dani Valdez '22 and Hannah Fox '20 led the Mammoths' in scoring with 16 points and four rebounds each, while Maggie Shipley '23 tallied 15 points, three rebounds and one assist.

Off the bench, Gabrielle Zaffiro '22 shot a perfect 4-4 from the line and notched four steals, while Olivia Pachla '23 was 3-3 from the floor with six points.  

A competitive opening quarter with five ties and five lead changes, neither side could score until Jill Nee's layup broke the scoring deadlock at the 6:28 mark.

After missing their first six shots, the Mammoths finally got on the board with 5:28 remaining when Cam Hendricks drove in for a layup. Nancy Coulverson put the Camels ahead once the teams got going offensively by sinking a free throw to make it 10-9, but the Mammoths ended the quarter on a 4-0 run to enter the second stanza up 13-10.

Scoring the first six points of the second quarter, Amherst went on to outscore the Camels 21-11 including netting 11 of the final 15 points to enter halftime with a 13-point lead (34-21).

The Mammoths maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the entirety of the second half. Valdez extended the margin to 22 (51-29) with a jumper at the 2:28 mark, while also scoring the last field goal with five seconds remaining in the third to propel the Mammoths' into the final period of play with a 53-34 lead.  

The lead grew to as many as 24 on two occasions during the fourth. After Ashton canned a 3-pointer with 2:30 left, the Mammoths' responded with a layup on their next possession and stayed ahead by more than 20 the rest of the way.

Of 18 attempts, Amherst only missed one free-throw to end the game with a 94.4% mark from the charity stripe, while also shooting 45.9% from the floor.  

The Camels were led by 11 points off the bench from Claire Gulbin on 4-5 shooting as Nancy Coulverson reeled in nine points and seven rebounds. Connecticut College shot 35.3% from the floor and 30.8% from deep.

Amherst noted 15 assists and 19 points off turnovers, including 11 second chance points, while the Camels held a slight edge in rebounding, 33-31.