Jeffs Earn Tournament Title with 93-63 win over Saint Lawrence; Atanga McCormick Named MVP

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McCormick
Lem Atanga McCormick '12 was named
the tournament's Most Valuable Player.

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women’s basketball team won its own Tip-Off Tournament by earning a 93-63 victory over Saint Lawrence University Sunday afternoon in LeFrak Gymnasium. Six players scored in double figures to help the Lord Jeffs (2-0) bump their home winning streak to 51 games, while the Saints moved to 1-1 on the season.

Amherst shot 83.3 percent from behind the arc (11-for-16), with Caroline Stedman ’12 hitting all three of her attempts from long range en route to 15 points and a selection to the All-Tournament Team. Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 was named the weekend’s Most Valuable Player after recording 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and two steals on Sunday.

Saint Lawrence’s Kelly Legg earned All-Tournament honors after scoring 21 points against the Jeffs, and she was joined by teammate Iris Santoni. The Saints were 1-for-10 on three-pointers and turned the ball over 18 times in Sunday's game.

The teams combined for only 12 points in the opening four and a half minutes and the Saints trailed by only seven (16-9) with 12:30 remaining in the half. The Jeffs took charge from there and accounted for the next 15 points, all of which were scored by Bridget Crowley ’13, Kim Fiorentino ’12 and Shannon Finucane ’12.

Amherst took a 45-24 advantage into halftime and led by at least 21 the rest of the way. The hosts went ahead by 31 (73-42) on a three-point play by Crowley midway through the second half, and their biggest lead (81-45) came when Jackie Renner ’12 knocked down a three with 8:47 to go.

The Saints out-scored the Jeffs by an 18-12 in the final 8:47, with Maddy Wetterhahn ’15 accounting for nine of her team’s points during the stretch. Wetterhahn finished with 12 points and five rebounds off the bench, while Legg had seven boards and two blocks to go along with her 21 points.

Finishing in double figures for Amherst were Atanga McCormick (16), Stedman (15), Fiorentino (13), Megan Robertson ’15 (13), Crowley (13) and Finucane (12). Fiorentino and Renner combined for 10 assists and each had a team-high six rebounds, with Fiorentino also contributing two blocks and three steals.

Amherst will travel to take on Mount Holyoke College this Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. The Saints will return to action Tuesday, Nov. 29, when they head to Plattsburgh State for a non-conference game.

BOX SCORE

All-Tournament Team
Amanda Horvers (Mount Saint Mary)
Aliah Curry (Norwich)
Iris Santoni (Saint Lawrence)
Kelly Legg (Saint Lawrence)
Caroline Stedman (Amherst)

Most Valuable Player
Lem Atanga McCormick (Amherst)