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Hannah Fox powers Amherst past Rowan and into Division III Sweet 16

For the Gazette
Published: 3/8/2020 7:25:13 PM

AMHERST — Hannah Fox scored 24 points Saturday night to lead the Amherst College women’s basketball team to a 60-40 win over Rowan University in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

For the second night in a row, Amherst College’s LeFrak Gymnasium was closed to spectators out of concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak. The listed attendance for the game was six.

“That was a hard-fought win although the score may not indicate that,” said Coach G.P. Gromacki. “It was unfortunate to have an empty gym but we brought our own noise.”

Sophomore Courtney Resch set a school record for blocks in a single game, finishing with 12 along with 10 rebounds for her second career double-double.

“This entire season we have preached help defense, and we kept that principle in mind, whether it was getting blocks or rebounds,” Resch said.

The lethal backcourt duo of senior guards Hannah Fox and Madeline Eck carried the team with a combined 38 points. Fox (nine rebounds) was in a rhythm from behind the arc with a game-high six 3-pointers.

“Our team worked the ball around and my teammates found me open for the shot, if I missed then someone was there for a rebound and a second chance of putting it back up,” Fox said.

Amherst led from start to finish, however, Rowan kept the score to within 10 points after three periods. When asked how the team was able to pull away in the last period, Gromacki said, “It was the defense, we kept digging in and getting stop after stop and it gave our key players just enough possessions to hit some big shots and that was the difference.”

Eck had 14 points, five assists and four rebounds. Kate Sullivan (Granby) had six points and three boards in 14 minutes off the bench.

Amherst (24-4) will face George Fox University (23-6) in the Sweet 16 on Friday. Mary Hardin-Baylor (26-4) will play Christopher Newport (25-4) in the other bracket semifinal. Both games are currently scheduled to be held at LeFrak Gymnasium.

“We need to take everything and anything we can learn over the next week that will make us sharper for the next game. We know what it takes to win, if we can put that all together to play our best basketball we’ll do great,” said Fox.

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