Amherst Rolls past WNEC for Fifth-Consecutive Win
Sharp-shooting Jeffs bury Golden Bears with 15-3 early second-half run

    AMHERST, Mass. - Junior Amherst College forward Charlotte Taylor (Harvard, MA) connected on three of her four three-point attempts as the host Jeffs shot their way to a 67-49 win over Western New England College (WNEC) in Division III non-conference women's basketball action on Thursday night.
   After Golden Bear sophomore Joyce Neilson (Salisbury, CT) scored the game's first basket, the Jeffs used a 17-2 run, including six points from senior Co-captain Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) and three-pointers from Taylor and freshman guard Sally Hamill (Scituate, MA) to take a 17-4 lead. WNEC battled back from the deficit behind the stellar play of freshman Lindsey Black (Bernardston, MA), who scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the first half, eventually tying the game at 26. But the Jeffs closed the half on a 9-2 run, capped by a buzzer-beating three-pointer from Taylor that sent the teams to the locker rooms with the Jeffs up seven.
   The Jeffs used another big run early in the second half to blow the game open, outscoring the Bears 15-3 during a 5:33 stretch, taking a 50-34 lead at the 11:42 mark. Back-to-back three pointers from Hamill and fellow freshman Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA), gave Amherst a 58-43 lead, and WNEC never got any closer than 12 down the stretch. The Amherst defense, which forced 13 steals for the game, held the Golden Bears to 37.7 percent shooting from the field (20-53), including leading scorer Erin Marino (Westerly, RI), who finished 4-16 from the field with nine points. Black finished with a team-high 14 for the Golden Bears, while freshman Jamie Carney (Orleans, MA) finished with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds as the Golden Bears fall to 8-4.
   For the hosts, Sullivan finished with 14 points and eight rebounds, while Taylor, fresh from a career-high 12-point performance against Wesleyan University on Tuesday, added a career-best four assists to her 11 points, shooting 4-5 from the field. Freshman forward Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT), despite foul trouble that limited her to 22 minutes, turned in a solid nine-point, nine-rebound performance, and Bozorg dished out a career-high seven assists in the win. The Jeffs, 9-4, get eight days off before their next game, next Friday night's NESCAC showdown at home against Tufts University.


Thursday, January 20 at Amherst, Massachusetts

Western New England (8-4)

28

21

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49
Amherst (9-4)

35

32

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67

WNEC (49) Black 6-13 2-2 14, Neilson 4-9 0-0 10, Marino 4-16 0-0 9, Carney 3-7 2-4 8, Fibble 1-4 2-2 4, Gaydos 2-4 0-0 4, Cote 0-0 0-0 0, Cousens 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 20-53 6-8 49

Amherst (67) Sullivan 6-18 2-2 14, Taylor 4-5 0-0 11, Feldman 2-5 4-4 9, Walker 3-6 3-3 9, Bozorg 3-6 0-0 7, Hamill 2-2 0-0 6, Putnam 1-3 2-2 5, Coscarelli 2-5 1-2 5, Diamond 0-1 1-2 1, Watkins 0-0 0-0 0, Ouimet 0-0 0-0 0, TOTALS 23-51 13-15 67

3-point goals - WNEC 3-6 (Neilson 2-4, Marino 1-2) Amherst 8-12 (Taylor 3-4, Hamill 2-2, Bozorg 1-2, Putnam 1-2, Feldman 1-2). Fouled out - WNEC -- Fibble. Rebounds - WNEC 34 (Carney 11), Amherst 32 (Walker 9). Assists - WNEC 17 (Marino 5), Amherst 22 (Bozorg 7). Total fouls - WNEC 17, Amherst 12. Technicals - None. Attendance - 121.


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