Top-Ranked Jeffs Take Out Mt. Holyoke 73-23

Marcia Voigt scored a team-high 10 points in the win.

AMHERST, MA – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team ran its home winning streak to 30 straight games this evening, running away for a 75-23 win over Mount Holyoke College. For the second straight season, Amherst handed Mount Holyoke the program’s lowest scoring output.

Amherst ran out to a 13-2 lead with 15:28 to play as Jaci Daigneault (Guilford, CT) took a steal the length of the court for a score. The Lord Jeffs grabbed back-to-back triples from Daigneault and Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ) to stretch its lead to 19-4. After a timeout from head coach GP Gromacki, Kim Fiorentino (Holmdel, NJ) got into the mix with a triple of her own.

Mount Holyoke’s Christine Clancy scored a tough basket in the lane, but Amherst senior Kristyn Dunleavy (E. Setauket, NY) answered with a three from the left wing. With 6:55 to play, Amherst had opened up a 35-6 by starting 8-of-12 from beyond the arc.

Mount Holyoke’s Jasmine Brown went the length of the floor in the final five seconds of the first half, and converted a pair of free throws with 1.3 showing on the clock. Brown nearly hit a half court shot after stealing the ensuing inbounds pass, but Amherst went to the locker room leading 46-11. At the half, six different players had scored at least four points for the Lord Jeffs, with Daigneault’s 10 points leading all players.

Despite the Lyons out-scoring the Jeffs 8-6 over the first seven minutes of second half action, Amherst’s lead held at 33. By the midpoint of the half, Amherst’s lead grew to 59-19 on a jumper by Livia Rizzo (Dover, MA).  Rookie Claire DiMario (Lake Forest, IL) got into the mix late with a nice jumper from the left side. She was the tenth Amherst player to score in the game, as the Lord Jeffs finished the night with eight players scoring seven or more points.

Amherst’s lead grew as large as 50 points before the final buzzer. Daigneault and Voigt finished with a game-high 10 points each. Stedman, Fiorentino, Dunleavy and DiMario each added seven points, while Rizzo and Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) added eight and nine points, respectively. Annabel Barrett led the Lyons with seven points in the loss.