Amherst Women's Hoops Defeats Middlebury, 67-61
22-point, 14-rebound effort from Sullivan '00 leads Jeffs to 12th win

   AMHERST, Mass. ­ Senior Amherst Co-captain Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) scored 20 of her team-high 22 points in the first half, and sophomore guard Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) scored four huge points down the stretch, as the Amherst women notched their 12th win of the season, knocking off the Middlebury College Panthers in Amherst, 67-61.
Host Amherst jumped out of the gate quickly, using a 15-4 run to take a 19-10 lead behind the hot shooting of Sullivan and freshman guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA). But the Panthers rallied, thanks to freshman forward Kristen Hanley (Seattle, WA), who scored 15 of her game-high 25 points in the first half, before sitting down with three fouls at the 3:40 mark.
The game went to halftime with the Jeffs up by four, and the Amherst lead stayed around four for the first 12 minutes of the second half. But an 8-2 Middlebury run, including five points from senior Dawn Trowbridge (Colbert, WA), gave the Panthers the lead for the first time in the second half, as the visitors went up 57-55 with 7:53 to play.
The defenses for both teams clamped down from there, as the Jeffs retook the lead for good on a layup by freshman Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT) with 4:31 left, before Putnam converted a pair of free throws and a huge running jumper as the shot clock ran down with 23 seconds left to put the hosts up 64-59. The Panthers, who had gone scoreless between the 7:53 and 0:56 marks, cut the Amherst lead to three, but Bozorg and Sullivan hit three of four free throws, accounting for the 67-61 final.
For the game, the difference was on the foul line, as the Jeffs went to the charity stripe 30 times, converting on 21 attempts, while Middlebury made two of its three free throws, with all three attempts coming in the opening half.
Sullivan, who added a season-best 14 rebounds to her 22-point effort, led three Jeffs in double figures, including Bozorg, who finished with a career-high 12 points, and Walker, who finished with 12 points and eight rebounds.
For Middlebury, Hanley led three players in double figures, as fellow rookie Wesley Hyatt (Amesbury, MA) posted 14 points, and Trowbridge finished with 11 points and four assists. The Panthers fall to 11-4, 3-2 in the NESCAC, while the Jeffs improve to 12-6, also 3-2 in the league.


Saturday, February 5 at Amherst, Massachusetts

Middlebury (11-4, 3-2 NESCAC)

33

28

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61
Amherst (12-6, 3-2 NESCAC)

37

30

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67

Middlebury (61) Hanley 11-21 0-1 25; Hyatt 7-10 0-0 14; Trowbridge 5-12 0-0 11; Pappas 2-7 0-0 4; McCosker 1-3 0-0 3; Langlois 1-7 0-0 2; Lowell 0-1 0-0 0; Siciak 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 27-63 2-3 61.

Amherst (67) Sullivan 6-16 10-12 22; Walker 5-7 2-4 12; Bozorg 4-8 3-6 12; Hamill 3-6 0-0 8; Putnam 1-3 5-6 7; Feldman 1-4 0-0 3; Diamond 1-1 1-2 3; Taylor 0-6 0-0 0; Sacher 0-2 0-0 0.
Totals 21-53 21 30 67.

3-point goals-Middlebury 5-14 (Hanley 3-5; McCosker 1-2; Trowbridge 1-1; Langlois 0-5; Pappas 0-1), Amherst 4-12 (Hamill 2-4; Feldman 1-3; Bozorg 1-1; Taylor 0-3; Putnam 0-1). Fouled out-Middlebury -Hyatt, Amherst-None. Rebounds-Middlebury 34 (Hanley 7), Amherst 41 (Sullivan 14). Assists-Middlebury 18 (McCosker, Trowbridge, Langlois 4), Amherst 18 (Hamill 5). Total fouls-Middlebury 20, Amherst 10. Attendance-275.


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