Shut-Down Defense Leads Jeffs to 80-30 Win at Wesleyan

Kim Fiorentino '12 led Amherst with 14 points.

Courtesy of Wesleyan University Sports Information

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College women's basketball team got 39 points from its bench and held Wesleyan University to less than 20-percent shooting during an 80-30 win today at Silloway Gymnasium, marking the Jeffs third 50-point victory of the season.

Amherst began the second half on a 20-2 run for an insurmountable 61-14 advantage, cruising to the largest margin of victory in the 70-game series that dates back to the 1977-78 season.  Amherst, which won by 40 a year ago for the previous greatest victory margin, holds a 47-23 lead in the series and has won nine in a row.

Kim Fiorentino ’12 (Holmdel, NJ) led Amherst with a game-high 14 points, while Marcia Voigt ’13 (Skillman, NJ) finished with 13 and Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, MA) added 10. Amherst hit 11 three-pointers and won the rebounding battle, 52-29, led by senior co-captain Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) with nine boards. For Wesleyan, junior Sam LaCroce and senior Erin Gold led the team with seven points apiece.

The Lord Jeffs netted the game’s opening 12 points—hitting a three-pointer on their first two possessions along the way—and finished the first half 7-for-13 from behind the arc, as Voigt and Fiorentino canned three treys apiece. Amherst added a 20-6 run to its 12-0 start to hold a hefty 32-6 edge with seven minutes remaining.

The first half ended with the largest margin of the period at 29 points, 41-12, as the Lord Jeffs held the Cardinals to 19 percent shooting and produced a 24-14 edge on the glass in the opening 20 minutes. Amherst was only 5-for-15 on two-point baskets in the first period but was 42.9 percent overall thanks to its three-point accuracy.

Rolling past Wesleyan for the second time this season, Amherst—ranked No. 1 nationally to start the week—secured no less than a tie for the 2011 Little Three crown, having defeated Williams handily at home last weekend.  Amherst and Williams will decide the Little Three title when they meet in Williamstown, Mass. on Feb. 12 in the regular-season finale.

Amherst returns to action Saturday, Jan. 22, when its hosts Trinity College.