WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College Mammoths (13-1, 2-0) separated themselves from the Williams College Ephs (12-2, 2-1) in the third quarter to create a comfortable win on Saturday.
Senior Madeline Eck was a difficult matchup all day, amassing 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Ephs were led by junior Maggie Meehan, who had 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Eck carried the Mammoths in the first quarter with 12 points, the majority of which came in the post. While Amherst succeeded with half-court play that chipped away at the Williams defense, the Ephs countered with buckets in transition to keep the game close.
Williams largely adjusted to Eck's first quarter dominance. The women held her to only two points in the second quarter by doubling her in the post and making entrance passes harder to complete. The Mammoths reacted by running more set plays, resulting in a more balanced scoring attack, while the Ephs continued to succeed on the run. At half, the score was 27-24 in favor of Amherst.
The Mammoths started to pull away after halftime, however, led by their defensive effort. They allowed the Ephs to score only five points in the quarter while scoring sixteen themselves. First-year guard Maggie Shipley led their charge with six points and two steals. Williams ran out of time in the fourth quarter to recover, giving Amherst the first of two regular season matchups between the two.
"The third quarter did us in," said head coach Pat Manning. "We took some good shots, but against a talented team like Amherst, you have to make them when you have them."
The Ephs will look to recover Tuesday against the Smith College Pioneers (13-1, 0-0 NEWMAC). The game will be the team's last game in Williamstown before a three-game stretch away from home.