Lord Jeffs Wrap up Perfect Regular Season
Livia Rizzo '12 had seven points in the win.
Contact: Justin Long
AMHERST, Mass. – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team wrapped up the second perfect regular season in program history with an 80-50 win over Middlebury College Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.
First-year Megan Robertson recorded her second double-double in as many days, closing out a remarkable weekend with 16 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks in only 17 minutes off the bench.
Amherst (24-0, 10-0 NESCAC) finished unbeaten in conference play for the third consecutive year, as the Lord Jeffs joined the 2009-10 squad as the only two in school history to finish the regular season at 24-0.
Middlebury’s season came to a close at 7-17 (0-10 NESCAC).
As the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, Amherst will host eighth-seeded Trinity College next Saturday at 2 p.m. The Lord Jeffs defeated the Bantams in Hartford during the regular season, 66-44.
Middlebury didn’t register its first points until Maddie Moreau hit a jumper with 14:50 on the clock after the Jeffs opened with an 8-0 run. Amherst made six consecutive shots to take a 21-6 lead with 12 minutes to play, with three-pointers by Shannon Finucane ’12 and Caroline Stedman ’12 and a three-point play from Livia Rizzo ’12 highlighting the stretch.
The Jeffs’ lead hit 20 points when Finucane buried another three-pointer to bring the score to 34-14, and they would lead by at least 20 for the remainder of the half. Amherst shot 52.8 percent from the floor and blocked six shots in the opening 20 minutes, carrying a 47-24 advantage into the locker room.
A layup by Stephany Surrette and a jumper from Tracy Borsinger got the Panthers off to a good start in the second frame. Rizzo responded with a layup that ignited a 16-0 Amherst run, and Finucane closed the spurt with another three that brought the score to 63-28 with 13:45 remaining.
The visitors would get to within 26 points, but Amherst secured the 30-point win when Savannah Holness ’15 hit a deep jumper to close out the scoring with 1:03 to play. With their ninth consecutive win over Middlebury, the Jeffs increased their home (60), overall (43) and NESCAC (33) winning streaks.
Caroline Stedman ’12 scored 13 points for Amherst, Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 added 11, Marcia Voigt ’13 had 10 and Rizzo finished with seven. Atanga McCormick also had six rebounds and four assists, with Jackie Renner ’12 contributing five points, five assists, four boards and two blocks.
Borsinger, Moreau and Brittany Perfetti had 10 points apiece for the Panthers, who shot 31.6 percent overall. Surrette led her team with eight rebounds, while Perfetti added three assists and two steals.
Prior to the game Amherst honored its six seniors, who have posted a 117-6 record in four years. This group is approaching the program record for wins by a graduating class, as last year’s seniors finished with a 120-9 overall record.
2012 NESCAC Women’s Basketball Championship
Quarterfinal Round - Saturday, Feb. 18
No. 8 Trinity @ No. 1 Amherst
No. 7 Connecticut @ No. 2 Tufts
No. 6 Wesleyan @ No. 3 Bowdoin
No. 5 Williams @ No. 4 Colby