SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — No. 1 Amherst held Springfield to only eight first-half points, while four of the Lord Jeffs’ five starters scored in double figures during Tuesday’s 69-26 win over the Pride.
Amherst (8-0) bumped its overall win streak to 27 games and has now won six in a row against Springfield (4-5), as the Jeffs will head into their winter break undefeated for the fifth consecutive year.
Springfield’s Kelly Slattery opened the game with a layup that gave the Pride their only lead of the night. The Jeffs than used a 17-0 run during a 7:44 stretch to take a commanding 25-4 lead. A driving lay-up by Jackie Renner with less than a minute to play helped Amherst carry a 38-8 advantage into the locker room.
Point guard Shannon Finucane buried three early three-pointers and recorded all 11 of her points in the first 6:30. Springfield was 3-for-26 in the first half (.115), including 0-for-6 from long range.
Amherst held a 55-14 lead midway through the second half and held the Pride scoreless during a 4:49 stretch late in the game, but Springfield accounted for the final four points of the night to mark the 69-26 final score.
The Jeffs held a 47-33 rebounding edge and took advantage of 22 Springfield turnovers, while the Pride shot 19.6 percent overall on the night. Tuesday marked the fewest points Amherst had allowed in a game since a 73-23 win against Mount Holyoke in 2010.
Kim Fiorentino had 13 points and three steals for Amherst, while Lem Atanga McCormick added 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first double double of the season. Caroline Stedman matched Finucane’s 11 points along with seven rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Forwards Megan Robertson and Bridget Crowley combined for 17 points and had six rebounds apiece.