George Fox University (32-0) won the battle of the unbeatens Friday night, defeating Amherst College (31-1) 76-69 in an NCAA Division III women's semifinal at Hope College's DeVos Fieldhouse in Holland, Mich.
Amherst had no answers for Hannah Munger, who paced George Fox with 36 points and 13 rebounds.
“She made the plays and she made the shots when she needed to,” Amherst coach G.P. Gromacki said afterward, according to the school's website. “It was her night.”
Senior Caroline Stedman led Amherst with 22 points, but shot 8-for-22 (3-for-9 on 3s) as the Bruins, who shot 48 percent overall, ended the Lord Jeffs' winning streak at 50 games.
Amherst led by as much as eight points in the early going and was up 37-36 at halftime. After shooting 48 percent before intermission, Amherst shot just 30.8 percent from the floor in the second half. The score was tied at 64-64 with just over 3 minutes to play, but George Fox finished strong.
Led by Munger, the Bruins dominated the paint and became the first team to crack 70 points against Amherst's usually stout defense, which entering the game was Division III's stingiest in opponents' field goal percentage (.293).
George Fox advances to Saturday's championship game versus Illinois Wesleyan at 7 p.m. ET, while Amherst faces St. Thomas at 4 p.m. in the third-place game.
“I’m proud of my team,” Gromacki said. “I’m proud of my players and the way they fought back. When they were down, they responded. We just couldn’t make the one play to get over the hump.”