Atanga McCormick Leads Jeffs to 85-60 Win at Bridgewater State

Lem Atanga McCormick '12 had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in only 17 minutes.

BRIDGEWATER, MA – Sophomore center Lem Atanga McCormick (Chicago, IL) posted a double-double with a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds in only 17 minutes of action to lead the top-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team to an 85-60 victory over host Bridgewater State College Tuesday evening at the Tinsley Center in Bridgewater.

McCormick, who was 7-for-12 from the floor and a perfect 10-for-10 at the line, also matched her career high of five blocks for the Lord Jeffs, who remain unbeaten on the season with a 22-0 record (7-0 NESCAC). Amherst is ranked first nationally in both the USA Today and Division III polls.

Bridgewater State, which falls to 12-9 on the season, is just the fifth team this season to score 60 or more points against the Jeffs. Amherst entered the contest allowing only 47.7 points per game, the third lowest average in Division III.

Bridgewater was led was by junior guard Brittney Chappron, who scored 17 points to go along with a pair of rebounds and three steals. Senior forward Michaela Johnson also finished in double figures with 13 points, while first-year forward Michaela Cosby added eight points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals.

In addition to McCormick, Amherst also received double-digit point performances from sophomore guard Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA), junior forward Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) and junior guard Kristyn Dunleavy (East Setauket, NY). Stedman tallied 12 points, seven boards and four steals, while Leyman notched 12 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dunleavy added 11 points, four rebounds and two assists.

Amherst jumped out to a 22-4 lead over the first 10 minutes and carried a 38-23 advantage into the intermission.  Bridgewater got to within 12 points on four different occasions in the second half but could not get any closer.  Amherst led by as many as 28 points (75-47) before settling for the 85-60 victory.

The Lord Jeffs shot 46 percent from the floor for the game and out-rebounded the Bears by a margin of 51 to 31.  Amherst also blocked 10 shots and finished 18-of-19 (95 percent) from the free throw line. The Jeffs’ bench out-scored the Bridgewater bench, 55-8. Bridgewater connected on just 17 of 61 field goal attempts (28 percent) but knocked down 21 of 29 (72 percent) shots from the charity stripe.

Amherst, which wrapped up a difficult seven-game road trip, will return to action Friday, Feb. 12, for a crucial 6 p.m. meeting with archrival Williams College at LeFrak Gymnasium.