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Women's Basketball Falls to No. 3 Amherst, 69-36

Women's Basketball Falls to No. 3 Amherst, 69-36

Amherst, Mass. - November 19, 2017 - After defeating Farmingdale State on Saturday night, the Springfield College women's basketball team returned to the hardwood on Sunday afternoon, as the Pride fell to nationally-ranked Amherst College, 69-36, in the championship game of the Amherst College Tip Off Tournament in LeFrak Gymnasium. For their efforts sophomore guard Emily Jacques (Auburn, Maine) and senior forward Heather King (Lebanon, N.H.) were named to the All-Tournament team.

The Pride, which is now 2-1 on the year, shot 13-for-51 (25.5%) over 40 minutes of play, while the Mammoths, which were ranked No. 3 in the preseason national rankings, improve to 2-0 on the year while shooting 27-for-57 (47.4%). Last season, Amherst College won the NCAA Division III National Championship over NESCAC-rival Tufts University, 52-29. 

Jacques led the Pride with a team-best nine points to go along with five boards, while King and sophomore forward Taylor Hall (Tolland, Conn.) finished with eight points, while Hall also pulled in five rebounds in the contest. Additionally, junior forward Molly Altholz (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) also hauled in five rebounds, while classmate Chelsea McAllister (Baltimore, Vt.) had a team-best four assists.

For Amherst, Madeline Eck (Rye, N.Y.) and Emma McCarthy (Shelton, Conn.) had 12 points apiece, while Hannah Hackley (Westford, Mass.) had a game-high six assists in 40 minutes of play. 

Amherst jumped out to an early 10-2 lead on a lay-up from McCarthy with 6:39 to play in the stanza, before taking a 19-4 lead on a basket from Eck, a margin that Amherst would finish the first quarter holding. Entering the second quarter, King knocked down a jumper to make it 26-8, Mammoths, with 6:41 to play in the half, before Natalie Nardella (Syracuse, N.Y.) made it 33-12, Amherst, with 3:00 to play in the frame. After King made it a 19-point game on a jumper with 50 seconds remaining, Eck finished the half with a basket, sending the Mammoths into the locker room up 37-16. 

Amherst's defense locked down in the third quarter, as the hosts only allowed the Pride eight points in the 10-minute period, opening up a 56-19 lead on another basket from Eck with 51 seconds to play in the third. From there, Jacques knocked down a three-pointer before Alex Goslin (South Windsor, Conn.) converted a pair of free-throws to end the stanza, making it 56-24, Mammoths, heading into the fourth.

From there, Hall dropped a free-throw to pull the Pride to within 28 midway through the fourth quarter, but the Mammoths were able to extend its lead to 33 on a pair of free throws form Nardella, a margin that Amherst would finish the game on, sealing the 69-36 win.

Next, Springfield College will return to Blake Arena for a 6:30 p.m. contest with Williams College on Tuesday, November 21.