Amherst Cruises to 93-43 Victory Over Southern Vermont

Kristyn Dunleavy
First-year Kristyn Dunleavy led Amherst with 13 points. 

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team cruised to a 93-43 victory over visiting Southern Vermont College to improve to 12-0 on the season. The Lord Jeffs, who continue to receive votes for the national top-25 poll, will return to action Saturday for a non-conference match-up with archrival Williams College. The Jeffs’ 12-0 start matches the program’s longest winning streak.

The Jeffs scored the first 18 points of the game before sophomore Markeisha Mullen knocked down a jumper to put her team on the board with 13:12 remaining in the first half. Amherst’s lead gradually grew throughout the half before junior Yasmine Harik (New York, NY) hit a lay-up with 11 seconds left on the clock to give the Jeffs a 42-point advantage, their largest of the half.

Every eligible Amherst player saw at least six minutes of action in the opening half, and each player chipped in with at least two points. Senior tri-captain Ann-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) led the Jeffs with nine points, while junior Kerry O’Loughlin (Stow, MA) and first-year Courtney Long (Norwich, CT) each had eight. Junior Amanda Otieno (Gloucester, MA) added seven first-half points and dished out seven assists.

Amherst shot at 60 percent in the first half, including a 9-for-15 performance (60 percent) from beyond the arc. First-year Julia Fagan led all scorers with 10 points at the break.

The Mountaineers were unable to cut their deficit to less than 42, but the Jeffs were unable to pull ahead by more than 52, as the second half was much more competitive than the first. Fagan led all players with 23 points and added three assists, while Mullen chipped in with 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal.

Every Lord Jeff played at least 12 minutes and scored at least three points. First-year Kristyn Dunleavy (East Setauket, NY) led Amherst with 13 points thanks to knocking down a trio of three-pointers, with Long adding 11 points and O’Loughlin scoring 10. First-year Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) finished with a game-high 11 rebounds to match her career high, adding seven points and a pair of steals.