NCAA PREVIEW: No. 7 Amherst To Host Sectional Rounds, Set to Face George Fox in Sweet 16

NCAA PREVIEW: No. 7 Amherst To Host Sectional Rounds, Set to Face George Fox in Sweet 16

AMHERST, Mass. – Advancing to their 13th-straight NCAA Championship Sweet Sixteen, the No. 7 Amherst College women's basketball team garnered hosting duties for the second consecutive weekend of the national postseason and will face George Fox in Third Round action on Friday, March 13, at 7:00PM in LeFrak Gymnasium.

The second Third Round matchup on the campus of Amherst College will showcase the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and Christopher Newport University, with opening tip-off set for 5:00PM.


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LIVE COVERAGE
March 13 |  5:00 PM  | UMHB vs. CNU                 |   Live Stats / Video
March 13 |  7:00 PM  | Amherst vs. George Fox  |   Live Stats / Video
March 14 |  6:00PM   | Elite Eight                          |   Live Stats / Video

SETTING THE SCENE
Fridays matchup between the Mammoths and Bruins will be the second-ever meeting between the two programs in NCAA postseason history. The last time the two sides met was in the Semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, with George Fox pulling off a 76-69 win over Amherst. Amherst is just one of three programs in Division III to make it to the NCAA Sectionals in each of the last five winters, joining Tufts and CNU.

  • Amherst punched its ticket to the Sweet Sixteen after powering past Framingham State, 70-46, and Rowan University, 60-40, in the Regionals. Prior to the Championship, the Mammoths received an at-large bid to the national postseason after a semifinal exit against Bowdoin (74-60) in the NESCAC Tournament. 
  • The Bruins received an automatic qualifying bid into the NCAA Tournament as Northwest Conference (NWC) Champions - with George Fox claiming a two-point win over Whitman in the NWC Championship Final, 57-55. To book their ticket to the Pioneer Valley, the Bruins downed Montclair State, 74-49, in the First Round, before picking up a 57-48 win over Marymount to advance to the Round of 32.
  • Christopher Newport University is making their 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth consecutive postseason trip to the big dance. In the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament, the Captains downed York College of Pennsylvania by 20 points, 86-66, to earn the automatic qualifier and moved past both Widener, 82-66, and Endicott, 74-71, in Scranton, Pa.
  • Picking up a two-point win in the American Southwest Conference (ASC) Championship Final, UMHB earned a 60-58 win over Hardin-Simmons University to automatically qualify for the NCAA Tournament. The Cru swiftly moved past Austin College (78-63) and UT Dallas (64-48) to earn their spot in the Sectional at Amherst College.

SCOUTING THE NO. 7 AMHERST COLLEGE MAMMOTHS
24-4 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats

  • The Mammoths boast the third-best scoring defense in the nation (46.6 PPG allowed) and rank third in Division III in blocked shots per game (6.5). Courtney Resch '22 set the single-game block record (12) in Amherst's Second Round win over Rowan and currently averages a noteworthy 2.9 blocks per game.
  • On the offensive side of the ball, Amherst is led by Hannah Fox '20 with 16.4 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Madeline Eck '20 also excels up front, contributing 14.4 points per game and 6.0 rebounds per game while leading the team in assists with 63 (2.3 assists per game).

SCOUTING THE GEORGE FOX UNIVERSITY BRUINS
23-6 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats  |  BRUINS' SECTIONAL PREVIEW

  • The Bruins rank inside the top-25 in Division III in three-point field-goal percentage (35.0), while Emily Spencer leads the NWC conference in steals (76) as a potent playmaker.
  • With two players averaging double-figures for scoring, defenses will have to be on the lookout for Emily Holder and Kylin Collman - with the duo tallying 10.6 and 10.1 PPG, respectively.

SCOUTING THE NO. 17 UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR CRUS
26-4 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats  |  CRUS' SECTIONAL PREVIEW

  • Ranking 11th in the nation in assists (487) and 10th in total points (2,218), UMHB enters Sectional action led offensively by Hannah Holt - with the senior averaging 16.4 points per game.
  • Kendall Rollins averages 11.8 points per game as a consistent contributor for the Crus, while Allaira Jones tallies 11.0 points per game and averages 7.5 boards per contest.

SCOUTING THE NO. 24 CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY CAPTAINS
25-4 Overall  |  Schedule / Roster / Stats  |  CAPTAINS' SECTIONAL PREVIEW

  • Averaging 79.5 points per game as a team, Christopher Newport is second in Division III in free throws made (504) and ranks third overall in forced turnovers (27.72) entering Sectional competition.
  • Three Captains average double-figures, with Sondra Fan leading the charge with 13.2 points per game. Fan and Bailey Hodges tie for the team lead in assists per game with 2.4 each. Natalie Terwilliger is the team's leading rebounder with just over four per game.

BY THE NUMBERS

  No. 7 Amherst George Fox No. 17 UMHB CNU
  Points per game 63.9 65.9 73.9 79.5
  FG % 40.6 40.4 42.0 40.1
  3PT % 28.9 35.0 31.3 29.9
  FT % 77.1 67.6 73.5 72.8
  Rebounds per game 39.8 38.1 41.9 44.4
  Assists per game 12.8 12.3 16.2 15.6
  Steals per game 9.6 8.7 9.3 15.1
  Blocks per game 6.5 1.8 2.8 3.8
  PPG Allowed 46.6 55.0 60.2 62.1


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