Finucane Joins 1,000-Point Club in 94-59 Win Over Trinity

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Finucane became the 13th Jeff to amass 1,000 career points with seven against Trinity.

AMHERST, Mass. - Shannon Finucane ’12 (Cortland, N.Y.) became just the 13th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau, as the top-ranked Amherst women’s basketball team earned a 94-59 victory over Trinity College in a NESCAC quarterfinal game at LeFrak Gymnasium.

With the win, Amherst (25-0), which has won three of the past four league titles, extended its overall win streak to 44 games, while having won 61 straight at LeFrak. The Lord Jeffs will continue their run with a semifinal match-up against Colby on Saturday, Feb. 25. Trinity, which fell to Amherst in the quarterfinals for the second time in as many years, finishes its season with a 10-14 overall record.

Hoping to get off to a fast start, Amherst built a six-point lead over the first three minutes of action, going up 8-2 on a Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, Mass.) jumper from the free-throw line. Continuing to go on the offensive, Finucane buried a trey from the right wing with 16:41 on the clock before Trinity sophomore Moriah Sweeney kick-started a 5-2 Bantam stretch that made it 13-7.

Down 23-13 after four-straight Marcia Voigt (Skillman, N.J.) points, Sweeney converted back-to-back baskets down low to help keep Trinity within striking distance. Ahead by nine with 4:48 left in the half, Finucane drove the lane before drawing a foul. Going 2-for-2 from the charity stripe, the Cortland, N.Y. native became just the 13th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000-point plateau.

Looking to cut into the Amherst lead, Trinity pulled within seven on a Carly Napier ’13 layup and a pair of Taylor Murtaugh ’14 free-throws. The Jeffs’ Jasmine Hardy ’13 (Meriden, N.H.) put the home team back up nine with a basket at the 1:23 mark, but a Kaitlin Ciarleglio ’12 jumper on the ensuing Bantam possession made it 34-27 heading into the intermission.

With both teams trading baskets to start the second half, Megan Robertson ’15 (Tewksbury, Mass.) jump started a 7-1 Amherst spurt with a hook shot in the lane at 17:43. On top 45-32 after Stedman converted a three-point play the old-fashioned way with a reverse layup, Bridget Crowley ’13 (Hampden, Mass.) kept things rolling by knocking down a pair from the line.

Trailing by 15, first-year Taylor Higgins ended Trinity's 3:27 field-goal drought with a layup, but a Stedman triple on the other end stretched the Lord Jeff lead to 50-34. Up 20 with a Crowley put-back at 10:37, Livia Rizzo ’12 (Dover, Mass.) buried a jumper from the right elbow to push the Amherst advantage to 64-42.

Clicking offensively, the Jeffs continued to pour it on for the remainder of the half, going up by as much as 39 on a Hardy trey with just 2:38 remaining in regulation. Clinging to a 36-31 lead 1:04 into the second, Amherst closed out the game on a 58-28 run, shooting a blistering 68.8 percent (22-for-32) during the frame.

Stedman, who helped spark the Jeff streak with 16 second-half points, finished 6-for-8 from the floor with a game-high 20 points and five rebounds. Robertson added 15 points, knocking down all six of her shots from the floor. Voigt shot 5-for-9, tallying 11 points, while dishing out five assists. Already the program leader in career steals (280) and second in assists (399), Finucane netted seven points to raise her career point total to 1,001.

Murtaugh and Ciarleglio each finished with a team-high nine points, while combining for six rebounds and three assists. Michelle Royals '12 and Sweeney each added eight points in the loss.

Amherst, which held a 36-30 rebounding edge while forcing 15 turnovers, finished the game 34-for-55 (61.8 percent) from the floor, with Trinity managing just a 36.8 percent (21-for-57) shooting percentage.