Jeffs Wrap up Road Trip with 87-44 Win at Clark

Livia Rizzo '12 finished with a career-high eight points in only 17 minutes of action at Clark.

WORCESTER, MA – The second-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team raced out to a 10-0 lead, made 10 of its first 13 shots and had a 20-point lead less than 10 minutes into the contest, as the Lord Jeffs improved to 13-0 with an impressive 87-44 win over host Clark University Monday evening at the Kneller Athletic Center.

Monday’s win marked the sixth victory of at least 40 points for the Lord Jeffs, who began the week leading the NESCAC in scoring offense, scoring defense and scoring margin. Amherst began the second half with a 21-2 run and led by as many as 48 points in the game to wrap up a successful three-game road trip.

Paced by an efficient offensive attack (23 assists on 35 baskets) that saw them place three players in double figures, the Lord Jeffs out-rebounded the Cougars by a 45-38 margin and out-scored the hosts in the paint, 32-14. Amherst held Clark to 30 percent shooting for the game (15-for-50), recorded 19 steals and forced 26 turnovers.

With the Jeffs leading 51-23 at the break, they embarked on an 18-1 run over the first 11 minutes of the second half to push their lead to 72-24 with 8:45 remaining. Clark, which only made six baskets in the second half, got its first second-half hoop via a three-pointer from first-year Theresa Pickens with 7:52 remaining.

Sophomore point guard Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) had 12 of her team-high 14 points in the first half and added four rebounds, six assists and a pair of steals to her totals in 22 minutes. Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) was a perfect 6-for-6 from the field and tallied 12 points, while sophomore Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) ended with 12 points, three rebounds, three assists and four steals.

First-year Bridget Crowley (Hampden, MA) added eight points and eight rebounds for Amherst, while sophomore Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA) finished with a career-high eight points in only 17 minutes. First-year Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ) was the only Amherst player to score fewer than five points, but she finished with two steals, three rebounds and a career-high five assists.

One bright spot for the Cougars was the play of first-year Kelsey Johnston, who finished with a career-high 14 points and seven rebounds on 5-for-5 shooting in 19 minutes. No other Clark player registered double figures.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Jan. 15, when they open NESCAC play with a 7 p.m. game against Little Three rival Wesleyan University. A live webcast and live statistics will be available for Friday’s meeting with the Cardinals.