Stedman Nets 1,000th Point in 63-59 Win at Bowdoin

Caroline Stedman '12 became the 12th player in program history to score 1,000 career points.

Contact: Justin Long

BRUNSWICK, Maine – Caroline Stedman ’12 became the 12th Amherst College women’s basketball player to score 1,000 career points, as her team-high 17 on Friday night helped the top-ranked Lord Jeffs hang on for a 63-59 win over Bowdoin College at Morrell Gymnasium.

The teams were tied at halftime, but Amherst used a 20-4 run early in the second period to push its lead to as many as 14 points. The Polar Bears stormed back and cut their deficit to one, but the Jeffs held on by shooting 6-for-6 from the line in the final minute.  

Stedman led Amherst (16-0, 4-0 NESCAC) in scoring for the second consecutive game, with 12 of her points coming in the second half. Kim Fiorentino ’12 added 15 for the Jeffs, while Jackie Renner ’12 had 12 points and 10 rebounds in another solid effort.

Jill Henrikson ’12 led Bowdoin (11-5, 2-2 NESCAC) with 18 points, 10 rebounds and five steals, with Kaitlin Donahoe ’13 adding 15 points and seven boards.

The teams played an evenly-matched opening half that featured six ties and saw neither side open up more than a four-point lead. The Jeffs pulled ahead by three on a jumper from Fiorentino with 2:34 to go in the half, but Bowdoin held Amherst scoreless for the remainder of the frame and evened the score at 29-29 on a Henrikson three-point play before the break.

Bowdoin scored the first two points of the second half, but Amherst took charge and held the hosts scoreless during a key 5:01 stretch. Stedman came alive during the pivotal run, as she completed a three-point play and then buried a shot from beyond the arc, giving her 1,002 points for her career.

Kim Fiorentino '12 had 15 points and came
up with several big plays for the Lord Jeffs.

A Fiorentino three-pointer capped off a 20-4 spurt that gave the Jeffs a 49-35 lead with 10:05 to play. Bowdoin started chipping away at the lead, using a Henrikson three to key a 6-0 spurt that closed the gap to 51-45 with 4:57 remaining. Another 7-0 surge later in the period drew Bowdoin to within a single point (55-54) after an Alexa Barry ’12 lay-in with 2:08 on the clock.

Fiorentino responded for the Jeffs by driving to the hoop for a pivotal off-balance lay-up on the next possession to push the lead back to three points. Bridget Crowley ’13 followed with a tough defensive rebound on the other end, and Amherst hung on by knocking down its final six free throws, as Fiorentino, Renner and Marcia Voigt ’13 hit two apiece.

Amherst held Bowdoin to just 30.2 percent shooting for the game, including 3-for-13 from three-point range. Amherst struggled from the field as well, connecting on just 37.3 percent of its shots and finishing at 4-for-19 from long range.

Friday was by far the toughest test of the season for Amherst, which won each of its first 15 games of the season by at least 21 points.

The Jeffs pushed their overall win streak to 35 games and have now won 27 straight in league play. Bowdoin won 14 of the first 16 games in the series, but Amherst is 6-3 in its past nine meetings with the Polar Bears. Friday marked only the second time the Jeffs have won on Bowdoin’s home court (2-9).

With Stedman and Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 reaching 1,000 points this season, Shannon Finucane ’12 is next on the list to join her classmates with only 57 points to go.  

The Jeffs will continue their seven-game road trip when they take on Colby College Saturday at 2 p.m.