Jeffs Use Balanced Effort to Get Past Lehman, 88-33

Contact: Justin Long

Megan Robertson '15 posted her first career
double-double (12 points, 10 rebounds).

AMHERST, Mass. – The top-ranked Amherst College women’s basketball team used a smothering defense and a balanced effort on offense to earn an 88-33 win over Lehman College Sunday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium.

All 12 players who dressed for Amherst (5-0) scored, with nine Lord Jeffs recording at least six points. Lem Atanga McCormick ’12 led all players with 14 points, while first-year Megan Robertson ’15 had 12 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.

The Lightning (4-5) shot only 22.2 percent overall on the day, but Amanda De La Cruz stood out with 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting. Leslie Mencia added 14 points thanks to a 5-for-10 performance at the line, while Shatasia Little grabbed a team-high nine boards.

Amherst led by only four (11-7) after six minutes, with Mencia and De La Cruz accounting for Lehman’s first seven points. Robertson and Atanga McCormick then led the charge during an 11-0 run, which was stopped by a Mencia layup with 10:30 to go.

The hosts got right back to work and took a 40-13 lead after an 18-4 spurt, but Mencia accounted for the final points of the half on a three-pointer with 32 seconds to play. Amherst was only 2-for-14 from three-point range in the opening period, while the Lightning shot 23.1 percent (6-for-26) overall.

A three-pointer by Caroline Stedman ’12 opened up an 11-0 run to begin the second half, and the Jeffs soon bumped their lead to 50 points (74-24) after Marcia Voigt ’13 buried a three of her own with 8:41 on the clock.

Amherst would out-score Lehman by a 14-9 margin the rest of the way, with a pair of free throws by Julia Weatherly ’14 capping off the scoring and marking the Jeffs’ largest lead of the day at 88-33.

De Le Cruz knocked down three of her four field goal attempts in the second half, but the rest of the Lightning shot only 12.5 percent (3-for-24) in the period. The Jeffs were much more accurate in the second frame, shooting 42.9 percent overall, 38.5 percent from long range and 81.3 percent at the line.

Bridget Crowley ’13 added 13 points in only 16 minutes for Amherst, while point guard Shannon Finucane ’12 finished with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Robertson and Atanga McCormick each pulled down six of the Lord Jeffs’ 27 offensive rebounds.

The Lord Jeffs will look to add to their 53-game home winning streak and 24-game overall win streak when they host Emmanuel College on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. The Lightning will next take on Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday, Dec. 10.