Amherst, Mass. - The Trinity College women's basketball team fell to the No. 1-ranked Amherst College Mammoths, 49-31, on Friday night in both teams' New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) opener at LeFrak Gymnasium on Amherst's campus. The Bantams fall to 9-3 overall and start conference play 0-1 while the Mammoths improve to 12-0 on the year and 1-0 in league action. Trinity returns to the hardwood on Sunday for a NESCAC tilt at Hamilton College.
After going to the halftime break ahead by just two points, Amherst took a double-digit lead on a layup by Madeline Eck (Rye, N.Y.) in the third quarter to make it 28-18.
Trinity, who was led junior Courtney Erickson (Everett, Mass.) who had 12 points, six boards and three steals, got to within five points at the midway mark of the fourth quarter, but Mammoth sophomore Hannah Fox (Plymouth Meeting, Pa.) hit a three-pointer to spark an 11-0 run for Amherst that sealed their 45th consecutive victory.
Fox scored 12 points and handed out five assists for Amherst, who was paced by 13 points by Emma McCarthy (Shelton, Conn.), who filled the stat sheet with three blocks, two steals and seven rebounds. Hannah Hackley (Westford, Mass.) scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Eck poured in eight points and had four blocks and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Bantams held Amherst to just two field goals in the second quarter, in which the teams combined for just 13 points. The Mammoths shot 1-9 from the three-point line in the first half, and ended the night going 4-for-17 from downtown.
Junior Erin Cunningham (Wilton, Conn.) scored seven points and had seven rebounds for Trinity, while classmate Erica Junquet (Monroe, N.J.) and sophomore Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) scored five points apiece, with Junquet handing out three assists.