Jeffs Kick Off Season with Dominating 98-33 Victory Over CCNY

Senior tri-captain Shaina Pollack
had 11 points and 3 assists in the
season-opener for Amherst.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team welcomed new head coach G.P. Gromacki in impressive fashion this evening, defeating City College of New York 98-33 in day one of the Amherst College Invitational. The Jeffs win their season opener by a margin larger than any single victory last season.

The Jeffs never trailed in the season-opener, but for the first six minutes of play, the Beavers of CCNY played neck-and-neck with the Lord Jeffs. At the 14:01 mark in the first half, Amherst held just a two point lead.

Amherst went on a 12-0 run over the next five minutes to take a commanding 24-10 lead. In a contest that was never really in question after that point, and the Jeffs led by 38 at the half. Amherst shot a blazing 63% from the field in the opening frame, and had ten players mix into the scoring action by halftime. Leading all scorers at the break was Amherst senior tri-captain Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) with 11 points.

At the changeover, Amherst held a 55-17 lead, putting the game out of reach early on. Gromacki was able to play his entire bench in the game, with all but one player reaching double-digits in minutes played by game’s end.

The Lord Jeffs offered the opening night crowd more of the same in the second half, closing out the win with a 65 point lead. Three more Jeffs joined Pollack in double-digit scoring, with juniors Yasmine Harik (New York, NY) and Stacy Brossy (Honolulu, HI), and first-year Jaclyn Daigneault (Guilford, CT) each dropping home a dozen points. Daigneault was particularly impressive in her debut, shooting 6-for-6 from the field, with four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers.

Leading the way for CCNY was Anika Rivera who dropped home a game-high 15 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the floor, while going 7-for-10 from the free throw line.

Amherst ended the game 12-19 from three-point range for 63.2% shooting from behind the arc, en route to the 98-33 win. The Jeffs move to 1-0 (0-0 NESCAC) with the result, and will play the winner of tonight’s City Tech game against Fisher College. CCNY will play in the consolation game at 2 p.m., while Amherst will play for the championship at 4 p.m.