NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 1 Amherst 56, No. 8 Trinity 34

NESCAC Quarterfinal: No. 1 Amherst 56, No. 8 Trinity 34

Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information

AMHERST, Mass. - Top-seeded Amherst held the eighth-seeded Trinity to five field goals over the final three quarter to post a 56-34 victory in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Mammoths improve to 25-0 on the season and will host the remainder of the NESCAC Championships next weekend. The semifinals are scheduled for Saturday and the championship game will be played on Sunday. Trinity finishes its season with a 15-10 record.

Hannah Fox scored a game-high 17 points and and added five steals, while Madeline Eck neted 13 points and handed out four assists for Amherst.

The first quarter was all Fox, as she had nine of the Mammoths 13 points, to help Amherst take a 13-11 lead into the first break.

Early in the second quarter, with the score 16-13, Amherst rattled off 10 consecutive points over a five-minute span to increase its lead to 26-13 with four minutes left in the half. Amherst and Trinity would trade buckets the rest of the half and the Mammoths would go into break leading 28-18.

The Bantams received 10 points each from Courtney Erickson and Peace Kabari, who turned in a double-double performance with 10 rebounds.

Amherst started the second half with a 6-0 run. The Mammoths' defense didn't allow Trinity to score in the third quarter until a free throw halfway through the frame. Amherst held the Bantams without a field goal until the final three minutes left in the period, allowing the Mammoths to out score Trinity 12-1 in the quarter and build a 34-19 advantage.

A 10-4 spurt with four minutes left in the third, helped the Mammoths finish the quarter leading 45-23. They maintained their large lead throughout the fourth quarter.

Cam Hendricks scored nine points, had eight rebounds, two blocks, and two steals for the Mammoths. Hannah Hackley dished out six assists to go with six points and two steals, while Emma McCarthy poured in eight points and corralled seven boards.

Allie Morin scored five points off the bnech for Trinity, and Emily Peters had four points, two blocks and two rebounds.

The defending NESCAC Champions, Amherst has now won 58 consecutive games dating back to the start of last season.