Amherst Takes Classic Title on 95-64 Win Over Richard Stockton

The top-ranked Lord Jeffs won the 2010 Amherst Classic title
this afternoon by beating Richard Stockton.

AMHERST, MA – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team won the 2010 Amherst Classic this evening, pulling out a 95-64 win over Richard Stockton in the Championship Game. The Lord Jeffs improve to 7-0 with the win, while the Ospreys drop to 5-2 on the year.

Amherst earned a spot in the title game with a 93-29 rout of Emerson College yesterday, while the Ospreys pulled away from York College (NY) for a 69-49 result in their first round game. Prior to today’s title bout, Emerson edged York in the Consolation Game.

The Lord Jeffs were able to force an early timeout from Richard Stockton with 15:58 to play in the first half, as Shannon Finucane (Cortland, NY) scored on a jumper in the paint to put Amherst up 10-3. Senior co-captain Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, OH) got into the mix with a post score off a nice lob pass from Lem Atanga McCormick (Chicago, IL).

Stockton went on a 7-2 scoring run, but Amherst got back-to-back three pointers on the right side from Marcia Voigt (Skillman, NJ) and Kim Fiorentino (Holmdel, NJ) to regain a 20-10 advantage. A straight-away three from All-American Caroline Stedman (Walpole, MA) gave the Jeffs a 25-12 lead with 9:32 to play in the half. On the next Amherst possession, senior Kristyn Dunleavy (E. Setauket, NY) hit a three on the left side.

Four straight field goals from the Lord Jeffs came from behind the arc, as Amherst started the night 6-for-14 from long range to open up a 37-15 lead with 6:49 to play in the half. Stockton was able to keep the game from getting out of hand riding a strong finish to the first half from Julia Fagan and Lauren Alwan. The pair combined for 16 points in the first half, but Amherst still went into the break up 55-23. A dozen Lord Jeffs scored in the first half with Stedman and Voigt leading the charge with nine points apiece.

While Alwan was sent to the bench less than a minute into the second half with her fourth foul, Fagan picked up the slack with scores on back-to-back possessions. A score by Noelle Hogan closed the gap to 59-31, as Stockton started the second half on an 8-4 run.

Amherst’s lead never dropped below 27 points though, as the Lord Jeffs’ second and third unit kept any hopes of a comeback by Stockton at bay. Atanga McCormick helped lead the final push as Amherst closed out the win 95-64.

Voigt led Amherst 15 points to lead four Lord Jeffs in double digits. Stedman added 14 points, while Atanga McCormick and Leyman chipped in 11 and 10 points, respectively. Fagan finished the night with a game-high 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Alwan added 16 points for the Ospreys.

For their play this weekend, Amherst’s Stedman and Daigneault earned All-Tournament Team honors, with Daigneault grabbing the M.V.P. title. Stockton’s Fagan and Alwan also landed on the All-Tournament Team.