Amherst Routs Trinity 81-45 in Home NESCAC Action

Lem Atanga McCormick led six players in
double-figures with 16 points in the win.

AMHERST, MA – The 3rd-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team improved to 17-1 on the year and remains unbeaten in NESCAC play at 3-0 after an 81-45 win over Trinity College this afternoon. The Bantams dropped to 11-5 (2-1 NESCAC) as Amherst extended its program record home winning streak to 38 games.

Prior to the start of today’s game, Amherst senior co-captains Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) and Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) were honored as today is the first home game since both players joined the 1,000-point club last week.

Neither team scored for nearly two minutes, before Amherst went on an 8-0 run to start the game. Sophomore Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ) opened the scoring with a three pointer, before Lem Atanga McCormick (Chicago, IL) scored five straight for Amherst. Junior Kim Fiorentino (Holmdel, NJ) got into the scoring mix as well, hitting a triple from the left wing.

Amherst’s lead grew to 14-0 before Trinity got on the both with a pair of Michelle Royals free throws at the 14:21 mark. Three and a half minutes later, the Lord Jeffs led 22-6 as Daigneault scored a trio of easy baskets in the paint.

Kaitlin Ciarleglio finished off a three-point play the old fashioned way with a beautiful left-handed scoop, but Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) answered with a three from the right wing on the next trip up court.

A pair of Leyman free throws with 6:22 to play gave Amherst its first 20-point lead at 32-12. During the remainder of the first half, Trinity was able to shave the lead down to 41-24.

Early in the second stanza, Trinity’s Rebecca Cohn hit a tough jumper as the shot clock expired. Amherst junior Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) and Fiorentino responded with back-to-back three pointers, quickly blowing the lead back up to 24 points at 50-26.

With 6:59 to play, Amherst’s lead passed 30 points on another Atanga McCormick bucket in the paint. The Lord Jeffs never looked back as they cruised to an 81-45 win. Amherst finished the night shooting 45% from the field, while Trinity struggled from both the field (27%) and behind the arc (18%).

Atanga McCormick led all players with 16 points in the win, with Daigneault, Voigt, Fiorentino, Leyman and Stedman each scoring in double figures as well. Fiorentino was Amherst’s leading rebounder with a game- and career-high nine boards. Kristen Fahey was the only Bantam to score in double figures with a dozen points in the loss.

The Lord Jeffs will have the week off before hosting Colby and Bowdoin on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.