Jeffs Earn 91-35 Victory Over Camels, Win 15th Straight

Lem Atanga McCormick led Amherst with 20 points
on 9-of-10 shooting against Conn. College.

AMHERST, MA – The 2nd-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team wrapped up its first weekend of NESCAC action this afternoon against visiting Connecticut College at LeFrak Gymnasium. Amherst's 91-35 victory over the Camels marked its 15th straight win to start the season.

The Lord Jeffs jumped out to an early 8-3 lead, but a three pointer by Connecticut's Emily Cummings closed the gap to two points at the 16:09 mark. Just over a minute later, the Camels tied the game on a jumper by Rita Holak from the elbow.  Amherst head coach G.P. Gromacki went to his bench for a spark, and first-year Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ) and sophomore Lem Atanga McCormick (Chicago, IL) helped the Jeffs take a 14-10 lead to force the Camels into a timeout at the 12:06 mark.

After the stoppage, Atanga McCormick scored on a second-chance basket for Amherst and Voigt hit a three from the left wing to open up a 19-10 lead. Jackie Renner (Newton, MA) got into the scoring mix with a drive down the lane, Atanga McCormick made a pair of free throws and then scored inside, and Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) drilled a three to give Amherst a 28-10 advantage.

The score was tied at 10-10 with 12:57 remaining in the first half, but over the next seven minutes the Jeffs went on a 29-2 run. After missing its first two three pointers of the day, Amherst made four of its next five attempts from behind the arc to power the impressive scoring run. After the Amherst lead grew as large as 27 points, the visitors closed the gap to 21 points before a put-back by Atanga McCormick at the buzzer sent the Jeffs to the locker room with a 47-24 advantage.

At the half, Amherst had three players in double-digits with Atanga McCormick (12 points) leading the way. Stedman and Voigt chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively. The Camels were paced in the first half by Holak’s six points and Cummings’ five points.

Amherst started the second half on a 14-0 run, refusing to let the Camels get back into the game. A basket by Anne Fierberg at the 15:21 mark of the second half accounted for the first Connecticut points of the frame, but Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) answered right back for the Jeffs with back-to-back threes. The exchange gave Amherst a 67-28 lead.

Connecticut was unable to get its offense going in the second half, with Amherst holding a 44-11 second-half advantage en route to a 91-35 win. Atanga McCormick led five Amherst players in double-digits with 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting. Voigt scored a career-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting and was a perfect 4-for-4 from long range. Stedman (15), Daigneault (11) and Finucane (10) all hit double-figures in scoring as well. The Camels were led by Jennifer Shinall’s nine points and six boards.

Amherst will travel to New Jersey for a non-conference tilt with Richard Stockton Monday, Jan. 18 at 2 p.m.