Athletics

Women's Basketball Sets Program Record with 61-32 Win Over Farmingdale State

Contact: Ben Badua

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Lem Atanga McCormick '12 led the way with 16 points.

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. - Behind senior Lem Atanga McCormick’s (Chicago, Ill.) game-high 16 points, the top-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team cruised to a 61-32 victory over Farmingdale State, setting a program record with their 32nd consecutive win.

Suffering their last loss exactly one year ago on Jan. 11, 2011 against Kean University, the Jeffs rattled off 19-straight victories en route to the school’s first national championship last season before opening the 2011-12 campaign with a 13-0 (2-0 NESCAC) slate.

Turning in another solid defensive effort, Amherst kept its sixth-straight opponent under 45 points, with five of the last six unable to crack the 40-point plateau. Shooting just 21.8 percent (12-for-55) from the floor, the Rams managed to connect on just six field-goals each half en route to their lowest scoring output of the season.

Trailing 7-4 in the early going following a Nikita Green ’13 layup, the Lord Jeffs rattled off a 10-0 run over the next 5:18 to take a seven-point edge just under the 11-minute mark. Farmingdale’s Dominique Cunningham ’12 ended the Rams’ dry-spell with a pair of free-throws at 9:49, but a 17-4 Amherst run, capped off by five-straight Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, Mass.) points, gave the visitors an 18-point lead just before the intermission.

Ahead 32-16 coming out of the break, Atanga McCormick opened up the second-half scoring with back-to-back layups on the Jeffs’ first two possessions. Helping Farmingdale keep pace, Green answered by netting seven of the game’s next 11 points, pulling the home team within 17, following a three at 15:16.

Amherst responded by mounting a 6-1 run of its own over the next several minutes of action, going up 46-24 on a Jasmine Hardy ’13 (Meriden, N.H.) triple. The Rams Tanzanear McCarthur ’15 brought the Rams back within 20 at the 8:23 mark, but that was as close as Farmingdale would get with the Jeff defense not surrendering a field-goal for the remainder of regulation in an 11-2 run to close out the game.

Atanga McCormick finished 8-for-9 from the floor, adding five boards, while first-year Megan Robertson added 12 points and seven rebounds on 6-for-8 shooting. Stedman and Kim Fiorentino ’12 (Holmdel, N.J.) each added seven points, while Hardy connected on a pair from long distance to finish with six.

Green was the only Ram in double-figures, pouring in 15 points on 6-for-17 shooting, while Cunningham pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.

In addition to another strong showing on the defensive end, Amherst once again held the advantage on the glass, outrebounding Farmingdale 51-36, while forcing 20 turnovers.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Friday, Jan. 13 against Hamilton.

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