Follow Live Coverage of Monday's Basketball Games
AMHERST, MA – Fresh off Saturday’s meetings with archrival Williams College, the nationally-ranked Amherst College men’s and women’s basketball teams return to action Monday evening to take on a pair of schools from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Follow all of the action as the Lord Jeff squads wrap up their respective road trips.
Taylor Barrise '12 is averaging 8.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season.
Babson College will provide live statistics and live video for Monday’s 7 p.m. meeting between the ninth-ranked Lord Jeffs (8-2) and the 5-7 Beavers.
This is the fifth consecutive year these teams have met during the regular season, with Amherst coming out on top in each of the past four. The past two meetings have been particularly close, with the Jeffs winning by five points during the 2007-08 season and by seven a year ago. The Beavers held a 30-27 edge at halftime in last year’s showdown at LeFrak Gymnasium, but Amherst rallied for the 62-55 victory thanks to 14 second-half points from Steve Wheeler ’10. Wheeler will look to continue his climb in the Amherst record books, as his 734 career points leave him only three behind Keith Poopor ’96 for 41st place on the school’s all-time scoring list. Wheeler’s 153 career three-pointers also leave him only 15 away from fourth place on the school’s all-time three-point field goal list.
Monday will wrap up a five-game road trip for Amherst, which will return to LeFrak this weekend to host Wesleyan University and Connecticut College in a pair of key conference games. Coming off a 72-69 setback to Williams, the Jeffs were last handed back-to-back regular season losses when they were defeated by Colby and RIC during a seven-game road trip in late January and early February last year. Babson has struggled against the NESCAC this year, falling to Trinity College and Tufts University by a combined 47 points on the road. First-year Marcus McDermott is averaging 11.4 points per game for the Beavers, who are looking to snap a two-game losing streak.
Lem Atanga McCormick '12 is already one of Amherst's all-time leaders in blocks.
Clark University will provide live statistics for Monday’s 7 p.m. meeting between the second-ranked Lord Jeffs (12-0) and the 3-9 Cougars.
Amherst is riding a three-game winning streak against Clark, with each of its past two victories coming by at least 20 points. In last year’s 77-55 win over the Cougars, 10 players scored at least four points for the Lord Jeffs, who had only one player finish in double figures. Eight Jeffs are averaging at least 5.0 points per game this season, with Jaci Daigneault ’11 (10.8 ppg) and Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 (10.3 ppg) pacing the offense. In only her second collegiate season, Atanga McCormick is two blocks away from tying Sarah Rinaldi ’98 for sixth place on Amherst’s all-time blocks list (70). Point guard Shannon Finucane ’12 is approaching the school’s list of top 10 career assist leaders, as her 159 assists are only 19 behind Shannon Russell ’04 (178) for 10th place.
Coming off a 61-58 overtime loss at Coast Guard, Clark will begin a four-game home stand Monday night. The Cougars will be without Sarah Roderigue ’09, who in the past three years averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game against the Lord Jeffs. Team captain Jillian Camilleri ’10 is leading the Cougars with 14.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest as a 6’1 center. With Bowdoin College falling to Emmanuel this past weekend, Amherst is the lone unbeaten team remaining in the NESCAC. Monday wraps up a three-game road trip for the Jeffs, who will join the men’s team in hosting the Cardinals and Camels this weekend.