Jeffs Match Program's Best Start with Win at Lehman

Sophomore Courtney Long hit three of her five attempts from beyond the arc.
WEST BRONX, NY – The fourth-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball improved to 17-0 with a 68-58 win at Lehman College, tying the program record for consecutive victories and matching its 17-0 start from one year ago. The Lord Jeffs will attempt to set a new program record Saturday, Jan. 25, when they host Trinity College at 3 p.m.

Tuesday’s win marked the second time this season Amherst defeated Lehman, as the Jeffs earned an 81-58 victory Nov. 23 to take home the Amherst Invitational title.

Amherst jumped out to an early 17-6 lead only to have the Lightning close the gap at 21-20. First-year Kim Fiorentino (Holmdel, NJ) put a stop to the 10-point run with a jumper to give the Jeffs a 23-20 advantage, but the hosts came right back and soon tied things up at 25-25 on an easy layup with only 4:12 to play. The Jeffs would lead by as many as eight in the final minute of the first half, but Lehman headed into the locker room trailing 37-32 thanks to a three-pointer at the buzzer.

Sophomore Courtney Long (Norwich, CT) gave the Jeffs a 47-36 lead with a three before bumping the lead to 52-38 on another triple just two minutes later. Lehman would climb to within six points midway through the second half, but Amherst used a 13-4 run to take a 67-52 lead with only 1:08 to play, hanging on for the 68-58 victory.

Long finished with 12 points and four assists while connecting on three of five attempts from beyond the arc. Fellow sophomores Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) and Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) each had 13 points, with Daigneault completing the double-double with 11 rebounds and Leyman adding seven boards and five assists. Senior Stacy Brossy (Lukachukai, AZ) rounded out the Jeffs in double figures with 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals in a solid all-around effort.

The Lord Jeffs connected with 41.7 percent of their shots and dished a whopping 20 assists compared to only eight for the Lightning. Amherst College won the rebounding battle 46-35 while also tallying 11 steals on the evening.

Amherst’s next six games will be played at home and will be against NESCAC opponents. This Saturday’s game with Trinity will move either the Jeffs or Bantams to a perfect 3-0 in the conference standings, as Amherst attempts to get off to the best start in program history.