Jeffs Topple City Tech 105-34 for Invitational Championship

New head coach G.P. Gromacki has the
Lord Jeffs at 2-0 and playing well.

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team improved to 2-0 for the first time in three years with a 105-34 win over New York City College of Technology this evening. The Lord Jeffs win the first annual Amherst College Invitational with the pair of wins.

Through the first six minutes of play, the Yellow Jackets hung tough with Amherst. The Jeffs went on a 9-2 run heading to the 12:14 mark. Leading the charge during the scoring streak was senior tri-captain Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) who dished out three assists during the run.

At the half, Amherst led 42-21, due to strong inside play from sophomore Sam Swensen (Rockaway Park, NY) and first-year Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH). The Jeffs held a 29-12 edge on the glass at the half.

Leyman led all scorers at the half with 11 points, while Amanda Zieminski led the Yellow Jackets with nine points. Amherst shared the ball well, assisting on 50% of their first-half field goals.

The Lord Jeffs went on a 33-6 run to start the second half and turn the screw on the Yellow Jackets. The spurt was led by Pollack, who dished out three helpers during the streak, and more solid inside play from Swensen and Leyman.

Otieno continued her hot shooting in the second half, increasing her point total to 14 on 5-of-5 shooting from the field and 2-for-2 from the line. The guard hit a pair of threes, and had back-to-back steals leading to lay-ups, including the play of the game. Otieno deflected a pass towards the sideline, then beat a diving City Tech player to the loose ball and whipped it behind her back into the open court to spring herself on a breakaway.

Late in the game, first-year Kristyn Dunleavy (East Setauket, NY) and sophomore Stacy Brossy (Honolulu, HI) impressed fans with a pair of back-to-back three pointers.

In the final minutes, Amherst broke the 100-point mark for the first time in more than a dozen years, running out the clock on a 105-34 win. The Jeffs improve to 2-0, while City Tech falls to 1-1.

At the conclusion of the game, City Tech’s Kemo Owoseni was named to the All Tournament Team alongside, Amherst’s Pollack, Otieno and the 2007 Tournament MVP, Sarah Leyman.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday evening when the Lord Jeffs play at nearby Mt. Holyoke College at 7 p.m.