Daigneault, Stedman Score 16 Apiece in 82-60 Win Over Colby

Shannon Finucane '12 became Amherst's all-time leader in steals (201) during the team's win over Colby.

AMHERST, MA – Jaci Daigneault ’11 (Guilford, CT) and Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, MA) scored 16 points apiece to lead the second-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team to an 82-60 win over Colby College Friday evening in LeFrak Gymnasium.

Amherst improves to 18-1 (4-0 NESCAC) on the season, while Colby drops to 13-4 (2-2) after having its winning streak snapped at three. The Jeffs have won 10 straight against the Mules and are unbeaten in their past 39 home games.

Shannon Finucane ’12 (Cortland, NY) recorded the 201st steal of her career with 12:26 to play in the first half, making her the all-time leader in school history. The previous record of 200 steals had been held since 2003 by Sara Bozorg ’03. Finucane had 11 points, four assists and four steals on Friday night.

Colby’s Jil Vaughan led all scorers with 18 points on 5-of-9 shooting, adding an 8-for-10 performance at the line. The Mules knocked down 27 of their 30 free throw attempts to make up for a 1-of-7 showing from behind the arc. Vaughan also had a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Karlyn Adler chipped in with 10 points, three assists and four boards for the Mules.

Amherst used a 14-0 run to jump out to a 30-10 lead, with Daigneault accounting for eight consecutive Lord Jeff points early in the half. The hosts’ lead would hover between 18 and 23 for the remainder of the period, with Vaughan hitting a layup with four seconds to play to bring the halftime score to 44-26. Daigneault led all players with 14 points at the break.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair, with Amherst’s lead never dipping below 17 and never going above 25. Stedman and Vaughan each had 12 points in the second period to lead their teams, as the Lord Jeffs won the second-half battle by a narrow 38-34 margin.

Both teams will resume conference play tomorrow at 4 p.m., with Amherst hosting Bowdoin College and Colby taking on Trinity.