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Women's Basketball Falls to No. 3 Amherst

Margaret Corcoran
AMHERST, Mass. - The Connecticut College women's basketball team fell to No. 3 Amherst by a 61-41 decision on Friday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium.
Winners of two straight national championships, Amherst (12-1, NESCAC 2-0) got off to a red-hot start by drilling five 3-pointers in the first quarter. Maeve McNamara hit both of her attempts from downtown to pace the hosts in the opening frame, which ended with Hannah Fox adding a trifecta to fittingly close out the scoring. 

The Mammoths, who carried a 23-11 advantage into the first break, maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second quarter. Freshman Emily O'Sullivan (North Reading, Mass.) brought the margin down to single digits at 25-16 by finishing an old-fashioned 3-point play at the line, but the hosts bounced back by getting another trey from McNamara the next time down the floor. McNamara then canned a jump shot in the final minute to give the hosts a 34-20 cushion at halftime.

Amherst broke loose and put the game out of reach by outscoring the Camels, 20-9, in the third quarter and limiting the guests to a game-low 21.1 percent shooting from the floor. Madeline Eck got the offense going by finishing a pass from Cam Hendricks on the first possession, and the margin grew to 23 when McNamara found Fox for a jump shot to make it 50-27 with 3:48 on the clock. The deficit peaked at 25 when Jade DuVal sank a pair of free throws to give the hosts a 54-29 lead by the end of the quarter, and the Camels came no closer than 17 the rest of the way.

Amherst was led by McNamara and Fox. McNamara scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds, and Fox contributed 11 points to go along with five boards. Both players also dished out three assists.
Senior Margaret Corcoran (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Casey Walsh (Phoenixville, Pa.) paced the Camels with eight points apiece, while Corcoran also finished with five rebounds and three assists.
Connecticut College (10-5, NESCAC 1-2) will next travel to face Hamilton tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m.