Voigt Helps Jeffs Overcome Slow Start at Wesleyan

Courtesy of Wesleyan University

Marcia Voigt '13 kept Amherst in the game with 13 first-half points.

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start against Wesleyan University Tuesday evening and pulled away for a 69-48 victory in a non-conference matchup between Little Three rivals.

Amherst (20-0) defeated Wesleyan (12-6) for the 11th time in as many tries and bumped its overall win streak to 39 games. Kim Fiorentino ’12 led all players with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Marcia Voigt ’13 contributed 15 points and eight boards off the bench.

The Lord Jeffs were held to 1-for-17 shooting in the opening 11:16, as Wesleyan built an early 8-1 edge and held an 11-4 lead heading into the final 8:44 of the half.

The seven-point lead tied the largest held over Amherst this season, but the Lord Jeffs closed out the period by going 7-for-15 from the floor. The Jeffs took the lead for good when Fiorentino connected for a three-pointer with 3:36 to play.

Behind 13 first-half points from Voigt on 4-of-4 shooting, the Lord Jeffs took control of the game with a 23-8 run over the final 8:44 for a 27-19 lead at intermission.

Wesleyan stayed with the Jeffs until the 13:40 mark of the second period, when the hosts trailed by only four points at 37-33. Amherst then rattled off 16 unanswered points for a 53-33 edge, with Caroline Stedman ’12 and Fiorentino each accounting for five of those points and Megan Robertson ’15 adding four.

Stedman finished with 10 points, while Robertson came up just short of a double-double with eight points and 11 rebounds. Voigt had three assists to go with her 15 points and eight boards, as she shot 5-of-9 overall as Amherst’s brightest spot of the evening.

Amherst improved to 3-0 against Wesleyan and Williams this season and can clinch the Little Three title when the Ephs come to town on Feb. 10.

The Lord Jeffs will resume their conference schedule this weekend, beginning with a game against Bates College Friday at 6 p.m. in Lewiston, Maine.