Voigt's Career-High 23 Points Lift Jeffs to Win at Trinity

Amherst rookie Marcia Voigt scored a career-high in
her first collegiate start this afternoon.

AMHERST, MA – The 2nd-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team got a career-high in points (23) and rebounds (7) from rookie point guard Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ) in her first collegiate start this afternoon at Trinity to power a 75-55 win. The victory improves Amherst’s overall record to 17-0 (3-0 NESCAC), which matches the second longest win streak in program history, while Trinity falls to 13-3 (2-1) with the loss.

With scoring at a premium during the first five minutes of game play, Amherst held just a 7-6 lead at the 14:59 mark. By the midpoint of the frame, the Lord Jeffs looked primed to blow the game open, and with 9:11 remaining in the half, a layup by junior co-captain Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) put Amherst ahead 20-11.

After Amherst’s lead hit double-digits, the Bantams responded with a 8-0 scoring run to close the gap to 21-19 on a Christine Card layup with 6:54 remaining. In the final third of the half, Amherst’s lead grew back to nine points, but a Kristen Fahey jumper with 15 seconds remaining sent the Lord Jeffs into the break leading just 33-26.  Voigt started for the first time in her short career at Amherst, but led all players in first-half scoring with 10 points.

Amherst started the second half with a 22-8 scoring run, and by the 10:46 mark of the second half had all but sealed the win. The Lord Jeff lead dipped below the 20-point plateau just one time for less than a minute, as Amherst played well enough in the second half to hold off any comeback attempt from the Bantams.

Voigt scored another 13 points in the second half on 5-of-7 shooting in the frame, finishing the day with 23 points and seven rebounds. In her first starting appearance, Voigt played 37 minutes to lead all players. Jackie Renner (Newton, MA) also played 37 minutes alongside Voigt, and tied a career-high with 13 points to go with seven rebounds. Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) and Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) combined for 25 points, while Leyman added 11 boards. Michelle Royals led the Bantams with 11 points on the day.

Amherst will have the entire week off before traveling to Bowdoin and Colby next weekend for a tough pair of NESCAC games.