Athletics

Amherst Earns 79-53 Win Over Fitchburg State; Gromacki Picks up Win No. 200

Gromacki
Head coach G.P. Gromacki earned the 200th victory of his career.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – Amherst College women’s basketball head coach G.P. Gromacki picked up the 200th victory of his career Sunday as the Lord Jeffs earned a 79-53 win over Fitchburg State College in day one of the Land of Magic Classic at Embry-Riddle University.

Gromacki moved his career record to 200-41 (.830) and his record at Amherst to 37-3 (.925), as he began the 2008-09 season as the fifth winningest active coach in Division III (.823) and the 11th winningest active coach across Divisions I, II and III.

Amherst—ranked 10th in the latest D3hoops.com national poll—moved to 10-0 by defeating Fitchburg State for the second time this season, as the Jeffs picked up a 72-59 win over the Falcons in the Amherst Tip-Off Tournament championship game Nov. 16.

Gromacki’s 200th victory came in convincing fashion, with Amherst storming out to a 39-17 lead at halftime while holding the Falcons to just 20 percent (4-for-20) shooting.

Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Stacy Brossy (Lukachukai, AZ) picked up right where she left off by scoring a game-high 17 points while shooting 5-for-8 from the floor, with all eight of her field goal attempts coming from behind the arc.

Eleven of the 13 Amherst players scored, with only first-year Kim Fiorentino (Holmdel, NJ) joining Brossy in double figures (10 points). Sophomore Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) and Fiorentino each had six rebounds, first-year Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) had six assists, and first-year Lem Atanga McCormick (Chicago, IL) picked up three blocks and two steals to along with her nine points.

The Jeffs shot 44 percent from the floor but struggled from the line, making only 11 of their 20 free throw attempts. Fitchburg recovered from its sloppy first half to shoot 48 percent in the second frame, including 5-for-6 from three-point range.

Amherst will wrap up its trip Monday with a 4 p.m. game against Kenyon (OH), which suffered a 72-64 loss to Westfield State on Sunday. Monday’s game will be played at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center, with no live statistics, audio or video available.

BOX SCORE

Winningest Active Division III Coaches
(Records prior to 2008-09 season)
1. Nancy Fahey, Washington-St. Louis (516-93, .847)
2. Shanna Briggs, Hardin-Simmons (142-26, .845)
3. Brian Morehouse, Hope (288-56, .837)
4. Michael Strong, Scranton (687-141, .830)
5. G .P. Gromacki, Amherst (190-41, .823)

G.P. Gromacki’s Year-by-Year Coaching Record
1998-99: 23-6 (Saint Lawrence)
1999-00: 24-6 (Saint Lawrence)
2000-01: 23-5 (Saint Lawrence)
2001-02: 28-4 (Saint Lawrence)
2002-03: 25-3 (Saint Lawrence)
2003-04: 20-6 (Saint Lawrence)
2004-05: Assistant coach at Temple
2005-06: Assistant coach at Temple
2006-07: 20-8 (Hamilton)
2007-08: 27-3 (Amherst)
2008-09: 10-0 (Amherst)
Total: 200-41 (.830)