Robertson Keys Second Half Surge in Jeffs' 67-41 Win Over Mount Holyoke

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Kim Fiorentino '12 finished with 11 points and five rebounds in Amherst's 67-41 win over Mount Holyoke College.

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. — First-year Megan Robertson (Tewksbury, Mass.) went 7-for-14 from the floor, finishing with a game-high 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Amherst women’s basketball team to a decisive 67-41 win over local rival Mount Holyoke College.

Hoping to get off to a fast start, Amherst took an early 4-0 lead on a Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 (Chicago, Ill.) jumper and a pair of Kim Fiorentino ’12 (Holmdel, N.J.) free-throws. After an Angelica Pascual ’13 layup trimmed the Jeff lead to two at the 17-minute mark, Amherst senior guard Shannon Finucane (Cortland, N.Y.) connected from distance to stake the visitors to a 7-2 lead.

The Lyons responded by mounting a 6-1 run over the next five minutes, taking a slim one-point edge. Continuing to go on the offensive, Mount Holyoke extended its lead to four with 8:04 on the clock before a Robertson jumper followed by a Caroline Stedman ’12 (Walpole, Mass.) steal and Fiorentino layup, deadlocked the game at 12.

Another Robertson basket at 6:30 momentarily put Amherst back on top before Amber Legare ’15 drove the lane for two to once again tie the game. Hoping to wrestle control, McCormick netted five-straight points, kick-starting a 7-4 Jeff run to close out the half, giving Amherst a 21-18 lead heading into the intermission.

Still up three just over five minutes into the second, Robertson hit a jumper in the paint before five-straight Finucane points coupled with a Fiorentino three capped off a 10-0 Amherst run. The Lyons’ Annabel Barrett ’14 cut the lead back down to 35-25 with a triple on Mount Holyoke’s ensuing possession but a Finucane bucket followed by a Stedman fastbreak layup extended the Jeff lead to 14.

Holding onto a 10-point margin after a Pascual trey at 8:18, Amherst rattled off 11 unanswered points, going up 21 with just over five minutes remaining. Robertson and Fiorentino got the Lord Jeffs’ decisive stretch started with consecutive baskets before a pair of Savannah Holness ’15 (Middlebury, Conn.) free-throws coupled with another Robertson layup made it 52-33. Fiorentino capped off the 11-0 spurt, going 2-for-2 at the charity stripe with 5:01 on the clock before Barrett buried the Lyons’ first field goal in nearly four minutes, converting a three-point play the old -fashioned way to pare the lead back down to 18.

Looking to close things out, Amherst mounted a 13-4 run over the next 3:33, taking a 27-point lead on a Jasmine Hardy ’13 (Meriden, N.H.) three with just 41 seconds left on the clock.

McCormick and Fiorentino each finished with 11 points and five rebounds with McCormick tying a career-high with four steals. Finucane shot 4-for-9, tallying 11 points while Jackie Renner ’12 (Newton, Mass.) dished out a game-high six assists. Holness and Marcia Voigt ’13 (Skillman, N.J.) combined for seven points, six rebounds and three assists.

Legare led Mount Holyoke with 11 points and six rebounds, while Barrett and Pascual chipped in with nine and seven points, respectively.

Amherst finished with  a 44-37 rebounding edge, forcing 31 turnovers while holding the home team to 16-for-44 (36.4 percent) shooting.

The Lord Jeffs return to action on Tuesday, Nov. 29 against Keene State.