Women's Basketball Earns 75-65 Come-From-Behind Win at Wesleyan
Rookie Shannon Finucane scored a career-high 19
points at Wesleyan. It was her second straight
career high in scoring
From a Wesleyan Release
MIDDLETOWN, CT - Keeping its record unblemished with a NESCAC road win in the conference opener for both teams, Amherst (15-0, 1-0) rallied for a 75-65 win at Wesleyan (7-5, 0-1). The Lord Jeffs, ranked fourth nationally in this week's D3hoops.com poll, improved to 3-0 in Little Three play, assuring themselves of this year's title as Wesleyan fell to 1-2 and Williams stands 0-2, having lost to both Amherst and Wesleyan.
Amherst trailed by double-digits in both halves, falling behind 18-4 at the outset before narrowing the gap to five at 22-17, but Wesleyan pushed the lead back to eight at halftime, 37-29. The deciding run came from the 10:13 of the second half to the 2:44 mark as Amherst rattled off 15 unanswered points to turn a 59-52 deficit (Wesleyan's lead had been as much as 12 at 51-39) into a 67-59 advantage. From there, the Lord Jeffs made eight of 12 free throws in the final 2:05 to seal the deal.
Sophomore Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) scored six of her game-high 21 points during the 15-0 run and made two of the final eight free throws. First-year Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) came off the bench to contribute 19 points for Amherst and had six free throws down the stretch. The 19 points was a career-high for Finucane; the second time she upped her collegiate-best mark in as many games.
Amherst used a 44-29 rebounding margin, 20 of them on the offensive glass, to overcome a 35-percent shooting night. Amherst came into the contest hitting 45 percent from the field. Wesleyan shot 41.7 percent in the game but was hampered by foul trouble which limited starters and top scorers senior Ali Fourney and grad student Lucy Sprung to 21 and 19 minutes of playing time, respectively. As a result, Fourney scored just 14 points while Sprung had eight. Collectively the two average 31.5 point a game. Fourney leads the NESCAC in scoring with an 18.7 PPG mark.
Amherst had 43 free throws in the contest, canning 31. Wesleyan had its share at the line, taking 31 while converting 23 as the teams combined to commit 53 fouls, 29 by Wesleyan.
Nine days ago, Amherst took the first game vs. Wesleyan on its home floor, 57-54, with senior Stacy Brossy (Lukachukai, AZ) scoring the deciding points on a three-pointer with :40 to play. She had only three points against Wesleyan tonight.
Amherst finishes its NESCAC weekend by visiting Connecticut College on Saturday while Wesleyan hosts in-state rival Trinity.