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No. 2 Amherst Easily Handles Women's Basketball in Non-Conference Action

Abby Connors Box Score

Springfield, Mass. -- December 15, 2009 -- Freshman guard Marcia Voigt (Skillman, N.J.) led four teammates in doubles figures with 13 points to lead her No. 2-ranked Amherst College women's basketball team to a 69-29 non-conference victory over Springfield College tonight at Blake Arena.

With the victory, Amherst ups its record to 9-0, while Springfield finishes the first semester at 3-6.

The other double figure scorers for the Lord Jeffs included sophomore guard Kim Fiorentino (Holmdel, N.J.) with 12 points, and junior center Sarah Leyman (Cincinnati, Ohio) and sophomore guard Caroline Stedman (Walpole, Mass.) with 10 points each.

For Springfield, sophomore guard Kelly Murphy (Mechanicville, N.Y.) led her squad with 9 points, followed by sophomore forward Kelly Slattery (Somers, Conn.) with 7, and junior center Amelia Sapowsky (Ware, Mass.) with 6.

The home team had one-point leads twice in this contest -- at 3-2 and 5-4, the latter on a short jumper by Sapowsky. After freshman guard/forward Meghan Biondolillo (Levittown, N.Y.) made a lay-up which cut Amherst's lead to 12-9 with 16:16 left in the first half, the Lord Jeffs began to make it rain three's.

Fiorentono hit consecutive 3-pointers with 15:59 left and 15:28 left. That was followed by another 3-pointer by sophomore guard Shannon Finucane (Cortland, N.Y.), and suddenly the score was 21-9. A lay-up by Murphy for SC interrupted Amherst's flow. But Stedman hit another 3-pointer with 12:50 left, and Amherst was on its way at 24-11.

From that point on, SC scored just six more points to end the half. At the intermission, it was 35-17, Lord Jeffs. In the second half, Amherst outscored the Pride, 34-12. Amherst's largest lead came at 69-27 with 1:55 remaining on a jumper by freshman forward Bridget Crowley (Hampden, Mass.). A Slattery lay-up with four seconds left closed the scoring.

The real story of the game could be found in turnover numbers -- SC had 33 (including 18 in the first half), while Amherst had 18 for the game. SC shot just .306 from the field (11-for-36), while Amherst shot .422 ((27-of-64). The Pride made just 3-of-17 shots from the floor in the second half. Amherst made 7-of-20 3-pointers for the game (.350). The Lord Jeffs outrebounded SC, 40-25, led by Leyman's game-high 11. Stedman had a game-high 5 steals.

The Pride will now take a break from the court and classroom until it returns to action for the annual Hampton Inn/Naismith Classic on Saturday, January 2 when it plays Colby Sawyer at 1:00 pm.

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