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Women's basketball holds No. 3 Amherst to 21 points in first half in loss

WATERVILLE, Maine -- The Colby College and Amherst College women's basketball teams combined for just 32 points in the first half, but the third-ranked Mammoths pulled out a 60-44 NESCAC win Friday night.
The Mules drop to 6-11 overall and 0-5 in the conference, while defending national champion Amherst is 17-1 and 4-0 in the league.
By the numbers
* Madeline Eck had 22 of her game-high 30 points in the second half and added 10 rebounds. She was 15-for-27 from the field and added two steals.
* Cam Hendricks also had a double-double for Amherst with 10 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists. Maeve McNamara finished with a game-high six assists and had eight boards, while Courtney Resch had 10 points and three assists.
* Keagan Dunbar led the Mules with 16 points, while Ainsley Burns had nine points and seven rebounds. 
* Paige Russell (pictured) went 3-for-4 from the field for eight points for the Mules. Grace Coutu had a team-high nine rebounds and Sarah Hancock had three assists.
* The game lasted just one hour, 15 minutes as the two teams combined for just 12 fouls. 
Game highlights
* The Mammoths led 10-4 after one quarter, but the Mules did have some good looks in the opening 10 minutes.
* Amherst extended its lead to 21-11 at halftime behind eight points and six rebounds from Eck. Dunbar had seven points at the break.
* Both teams scored more points in the third quarter than the entire first half. The Mammoths had a 22-17 scoring advantage in the third quarter.
* The Mules stayed in range of Amherst in the opening five minutes of the fourth quarter, with the Mammoths still playing their starters with less than five minutes remaining.
Next up
* Colby plays host to Hamilton College in another NESCAC game Saturday at 3 p.m.
* Amherst has a 3 p.m. showdown with top-ranked Bowdoin College in Brunswick on Saturday.
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