Jeffs Tie Program Mark with 93-42 Win Over Camels

Marcia Voigt '13 had eight points and five
assists in a strong performance off the bench.

Contact: Justin Long

AMHERST, Mass. – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team got 45 points from its bench and used another outstanding defensive effort to earn a 93-42 victory over Connecticut College Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

The Lord Jeffs (12-0, 2-0 NESCAC) tied a program record with their 31st consecutive win, while the Camels (10-2, 1-1 NESCAC) snapped a seven-game winning streak with their first road loss of the season.

Amherst’s bench was 16-for-29 (.552) from the floor and accounted for 45 points, while Connecticut’s bench players totaled four points after a 0-for-17 performance. The Jeffs and Camels entered the game as the top two rebounding teams in the NESCAC, but it was Amherst that held a 54-39 edge on the glass.

Jasmine Hardy ’13 continued to stand out for the Jeffs, as she led the hosts with 14 points thanks to a 4-for-5 performance from behind the arc, making her 12-for-16 in her past four games. Twelve players scored for Amherst, with five finishing in double figures.

Jenn Shinall ’12 and Tara Gabelman ’14 each matched Hardy’s 14 points to lead the Camels, who shot 22.6 percent overall and were held below 50 points for the first time this season. Gabelman added 10 rebounds to maintain her double-double average on the season.

Amherst couldn’t have started the game much better than it did, jumping out to a 7-0 lead and recording three blocks in the opening 2:18. The Jeffs then held the Camels scoreless for more than six minutes during a 12-0 run and took a 22-5 lead after a coast-to-coast layup by Caroline Stedman ’12.

Bridget Crowley '13 had 12 points and six boards.

The visitors made only two of their first 19 shots (.105), while Amherst started 9-for-17 (.529) from the floor. The Jeffs held a 44-15 lead at the break after the Camels shot 0-for-9 from long range, but Carlee Smith ’15 stood out for Connecticut with six points (3-for-7) and two assists at halftime.

The Jeffs also struggled from long distance in the opening period (2-for-11). They found their touch in the second half and hit three consecutive three-pointers in a span of less than a minute, putting together a 24-3 run that gave them a 68-22 lead with 11:49 remaining in regulation.

The Camels’ best stretch of the game came when they went on a 13-5 run and trailed 73-35 with 7:26 to play. Shinall knocked down a pair of threes in 54 seconds and the visitors were 7-for-7 at the line during that span.

The Jeffs responded with threes by Marcia Voigt ’13 and Hardy, who joined Bridget Crowley ’13 in leading Amherst down the stretch en route to the 93-42 win. Crowley finished with 12 points and six rebounds, while Voigt added eight points and five assists.

Kim Fiorentino ’12 recorded a double-double by halftime and finished with 13 points, two steals and a career-high 13 boards. Stedman and Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 had 11 points apiece, while Shannon Finucane ’12 chipped in with nine points and five assists. Atanga McCormick added four blocks and five rebounds.

Amherst increased its home winning streak to 56 games and has now won 25 straight in conference play. The Jeffs have held each of their past six opponents to 45 points or fewer, with teams shooting a mere 23.4 percent during that stretch.

The Lord Jeffs will attempt to set a new program record for longest win streak when they travel to take on Farmingdale State on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Camels will resume conference play next Friday when they host Middlebury College.