AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University women's basketball team lost to the two-time defending national champions and No. 5 Amherst College on the road Saturday afternoon, 62-44. Tara Berger led the team with 11 points and six rebounds, while Madeline Eck dropped 31 points and grabbed 12 boards for the Mammoths.
With the loss, the Cardinals fall to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in the NESCAC. Amherst improved to 13-1 on the season and 3-0 in conference play.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan scored the first basket of the game but Amherst responded with a 7-0 run and never looked back.
- The home team continued to increase its lead and a layup by Eck at the 3:35 mark put them ahead 15-4. The Mammoths would eventually lead 19-10 after the first 10 minutes of action.
- It was all Amherst in the second quarter, as it opened on a 10-0 run.
- After a 3-pointer by Courtney Resch in the final minute, the Mammoths took a 39-19 lead into the break.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was a different story in the third quarter as both teams exchanged baskets throughout. However, the Cardinals were unable to mount a run and trailed 55-32 entering the fourth.
- Wesleyan opened the quarter with six unanswered points and outscored Amherst in the final 10 minutes 12-7, but it wasn't enough as the Mammoths claimed the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Berger was the lone Cardinal in double-figures. Olivia Gorman dropped seven points and grabbed five boards, and Chynna Bailey led the team with two assists.
- Hannah Fox added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Amherst. She also led all players with five assists, while Meghan Sullivan dished out three.
- The Mammoths controlled the paint and outscored Wesleyan 38-18 down low. They also held a 49-37 rebounding advantage.
- Wesleyan is back in action on Monday, Jan. 14 and will play at New Jersey City beginning at 6 p.m.