Women's Basketball 1998-99 Season Wrap-up
After an auspicious start, Amherst Women's Basketball posted a 3-4 record last year, losing two very close contests at home against Springfield College and Clark University. To open the second half of the season, Amherst headed to Southern California to battle two excellent teams:Pomona-Pitzer and Claremont-Mudd only to come up short, falling three games below 500. At home, Amherst came up short once again, losing to Babson NEWMAC Champs by one point to post a 3-7 record. Heading into Williamstown, Co-Captain Kathryn Hersey '99 scored a career high 37 points against archrival Williams College in a game that went into overtime. Despite Williams winning 81-74, Coach McBride was proud of AmherstÕs performance because Amherst pushed the game into overtime after they Òwere losing by 17 points with five minutes to go in the second half.
Facing Trinity College in conference play, Amherst finally broke into the win column by winning 67-48 and beating Middlebury 88-60 before losing a one-point thriller to Williams College in Amherst 54-55. Amherst won 9 out of 12 games remaining in the season. The last game was the most important game for our seniors. To lose it would make it the first losing season of their career. Amherst faced a much-improved Little Three rival Wesleyan University in a well-fought contest that ended up tied with seven seconds to go in the second half. Starting point guard Hallison Putman's ('02) three-point field goal with 2.8 seconds remaining proved pivotal to put Amherst one game over 500 for a winning season, 12-11/7-3 NESCAC.
Women's Basketball 1999-2000 Season Preview
With the loss of the team's Co-MVP, League All-Stars and record-setting senior to graduation, expectations will be high. Co-Captains Naomi Sullivan '00 and Liza Feldman '00 must lead a young inexperienced team into a challenging season. With one player, Becky Sacher '01 studying abroad for the first half of the season, Amherst must call upon Deirdre McCarthy '01 to play quality minutes inside until Becky returns. Deirdre will also go abroad in the second half of the season during conference play. Charlotte Taylor '01, Cara Coscarelli '02 and Hallison Putnam '02 have the potential to fill the void and complement our captain to foster the balances that are needed to have a successful year.
Incoming first-year players Sara Bozorg 5'8" guard (Amherst Regional HS/Amherst, Mass.), Sally Hamill 5'7" guard (Notre Dame/Scituate, Mass.) and Sara Walker 6'2" forward (William Hall/West Hartford, Conn.) will be expected to play early and often in Amherst's rapid tempo of play. Amherst will meet the challenge head-on going into the new millennium.