Senior Madeline Eck and Head Coach G.P. Gromacki Talk First Round Action.
AMHERST, Mass. – With every Mammoth who competed contributing to the scoring column, No. 7 Amherst College women's basketball is heading to their 13th-straight second round appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament following a 70-46 win over Framingham State University in first round action at LeFrak Gymnasium Friday night.
Amherst secured their 23rd win on the season to move to 23-4 overall, while Framingham State, who earned their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, concluded their season with a record of 22-6.
Amherst is set to face Rowan University, who downed Merchant Marine 72-68 in game one, in second round action tomorrow, March 7 at 6:00 p.m.
With the teams even-matched through the opening few minutes of play, Amherst created a six-point separation that was started with a three-pointer from Madeline Eck '20 before Jade Duval '22 made it 11-5 with a layup at the 4:44 mark.
Ram's guard Emily Velozo netted one from deep to bring it to within three, but the Mammoths closed out the quarter with six unanswered points to enter the second stanza up 17-8.
Continuing to show their offensive prowess, Lauren Pelosi '22 nailed one from three-point range before Duval scored on back-to-back possessions to cap off their 13-0 run with 6:19 remaining.
Velozo and Katty Haidul cut the deficit to 12 points (26-14) but Amherst scored three from the charity stripe to enter the break up 29-14.
At the half, Maggie Shipley '23 reeled in eight boards as Madeline Eck '20 led all scorers with 11 points on 5-7 (71%) shooting and 1-1 from deep. The Mammoths, who shots 42.1% in the first quarter, shot 26.7% in the second to enter the break 35.3% from the floor and 33.3% from three-point range.
Emily Velozo led the Rams with nine points, all three-pointers, while the team shot 15.2% from the field. Draining three of their 10 attempts, Framingham State was 30% from beyond the arc and totaled five steals.
Scoring five points within 13 seconds of the third quarter whistle, Hannah Fox '20 gave the Mammoths a comfortable 20-point lead (34-14) at the 9:47 mark. The Rams were able to bring it to within 15 following a layup from Sarah Sullivan, but Eck, Fox, and Maggie Shipley '23 kept the visitors at Bay with a few scores of their own.
The MASCAC Champions, who were outscored in the first three stanzas, matched each of the shots by the Mammoths to come out with an even 20-20 scoring mark between the two sides in the final quarter. However, they couldn't close the gap as Amherst solidified their spot in the second round with the 70-46 win.
Just the third meeting between the two sides, Amherst saw over half their points come from the bench (36) as Kailyn Shepherd '23 and Duval scored eight points apiece, while Dani Valdez '22 and Pelosi contributed six and five, respectively. Eck led with a team-high 13 points, while Shipley finished with seven points and eight rebounds.
Flannery O'Conner had a game-high 14 points, while Velozo scored 13 and reeled in six rebounds. Haidul scored seven of their 12 bench points and had a team-high eight caroms.
Amherst shot 82.4% from the line and 36.6% from the floor, while Framingham State netted five of their 18 attempts from deep (27.8%) and went 26.8% from the floor. The Mammoths outrebounded the Rams 54-36 and scored 19 points off turnovers with 23 second chance points.