Voigt Nets 1,000th Point in Win Over Bowdoin
Contact: Ben Badua
AMHERST, Mass. - Marcia Voigt ’13 became just the 14th player in program history to surpass the 1,000-point plateau as the second-seeded Amherst women’s basketball team earned a 60-45 NESCAC semifinal victory over eighth-seeded Bowdoin.
Needing just five points entering tonight’s contest to reach the career milestone, Voigt connected on a pair of triples just minutes after the opening tip to finish with 14 points eight assists, four rebounds and three steals. With the win, the Jeffs punched their ticket to a sixth-consecutive conference championship game, moving on to face archrival Williams, which defeated Middlebury, 59-49, in the evening’s other semifinal.
Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week Megan Robertson ’15 also netted 14 points on 7-for-12 shooting, while Savannah Holness ’15 added 12 points and four boards. Bridget Crowley ’13 narrowly missed out on posting her second straight double-double with nine points and eight rebounds.
Kaitlin Donahoe ’13 was the only Bowdoin player in double figures with 14 points and four boards, while Megan Phelps ’15 had eight points. Siena Mitman ’15, Tori Munson ’15 and Shannon Brady ’16 chipped in with six points apiece, combining for eight rebounds.
Wasting no time getting on the board, Voigt drained a three after a Robertson layup opened the scoring. Burying another trey on the Jeffs’ next possession, the senior point guard became just the 14th player in school history to join the 1000-point club.
Brady put the Polar Bears on the board with a basket at 17:31, but Amherst came right back with a 7-2 spurt, building an 11-point margin on a Voigt jumper. Battling back over the next several minutes, Bowdoin pulled within five on a Phelps three-pointer, but the Jeffs scored the next six points, going back up 11 on a Holness layup.
Tori Munson ’15 tried to keep pace with a bucket at 4:09, but Amherst netted the frame’s final four points on consecutive Voigt and Holness baskets to take a 32-19 lead into the intermission.
Opening the second half on a 6-2 run, Bowdoin pared the deficit to nine, but the Jeffs came right back with a 6-2 stretch of their own, going back up 13 on a Crowley layup at the 14:40 mark. With the Polar Bears once again trimming the margin to nine at 42-33, Amherst put together a decisive 12-1 run over a span of 6:56 to put the game away.
Crowley got the stretch started with a jumper before a Voigt bucket coupled with a Robertson basket made it 48-33. Holness then laid it in for two before Donahoe ended a nearly five minute Bowdoin scoreless streak with a free throw at 6:00. Roberston answered with four-consecutive points to put the Jeffs up 20 before Mitman notched the Polar Bears’ first field goal in 9:56.
Shooting 43.1 percent (25-for-58) from the floor, Amherst held Bowdoin to just 37.8 percent (17-for-45), from the field while helping to force 20 turnovers. Collecting nine steals and five blocks, the Jeffs closed out the game with a 19-5 edge in points off turnovers and a 32-22 margin in points in the paint.
2013 NESCAC Women's Basketball Championships
Quarterfinals – Saturday, Feb. 16
No. 8 Bowdoin 60, No. 1 Tufts 54
No. 2 Amherst 80, No. 7 Trinity 34
No. 3 Williams 72, No. 6 Wesleyan 43
No. 4 Middlebury 75, No. 5 Bates 64
Semifinals – Saturday, Feb. 23
No. 2 Amherst 60, No. 8 Bowdoin 45
No. 3 Williams 59, No. 4 Middlebury, 49
Championship – Sunday, Feb. 24
No. 2 Amherst vs. No. 3 Williams - 2:30 p.m.