AMHERST, Mass. – The Wesleyan University women's basketball team lost to No. 4 Amherst College in the NESCAC Quarterfinals on Saturday afternoon on the road, 60-40.
The seventh-seeded Cardinals trailed by nine at halftime but the second-seeded Mammoths pulled away in the second. With the loss, Wesleyan's season comes to an end with a 14-11 record as senior Tara Berger dropped a team-high 13 points and concludes her career with 927 points, 741 rebounds, 178 blocks, and 92 assists. Amherst was led by Hannah Fox who dropped 23 points. With the win, the Mammoths improved to 23-2 overall and will play third-seeded Tufts next Saturday, Feb. 23.
FIRST HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- After a layup by Berger at the 8:39 mark, Amherst responded with a 10-2 run capped off by a 3-pointer from Hannah Fox.
- The Mammoths increased their lead to 13 with 2:45 to play in the first quarter following a trey from Meghan Sullivan. However, Wesleyan scored back-to-back baskets in the final 24 seconds to trail 23-14 after one.
- The second quarter featured just 16 points total.
- The Cardinals' run from the end of the first carried over into the second and a layup by Caleigh Ryan cut the deficit to four at the 4:28 mark.
- Wesleyan held Amherst scoreless for the first six minutes of the quarter, but the Mammoths outscored the visitors 8-3 down the stretch and a buzzer-beater by Jade Duval gave Amherst a 31-22 halftime lead.
SECOND HALF HIGHLIGHTS:
- It was all Amherst in the second half as the Mammoths opened on a 12-1 run to go ahead by 20 following a 3-pointer by Maeve McNamara at the 4:34 mark.
- After three quarters, Amherst held a 50-28 lead.
- In the fourth, the Mammoths led by as much as 26 with 5:35 to play to put the game out of reach.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Ryan led the Cardinals with nine rebounds and scored eight points. Emma Roush dished out two assists and pulled in five boards, and Marina Petruzzi and Olivia Gorman each scored eight.
- Sullivan recorded a double-double for Amherst with 13 points and 11 rebounds. McNamara dropped 15 and dished out a game-high six assists, and Madeline Eck added five assists. Duval was the lone player on the Mammoths bench to score, as she dropped seven.