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.
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.