Amherst Defeats WPI, 71-46

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) put up a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead Amherst to a 71-46 victory over Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The junior was a perfect 6-for-6 both on the floor and from the line as she registered her third double-double of the season.

While WPI opened the game with a three-pointer from rookie Lynn Michalenka (Lincoln, RI), Amherst mounted an 11-0 run behind Hersey and fellow captains Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) and Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA). The Jeffs led by as much as 20 in the first half toward a 40-22 advantage at the break.

Amherst pushed the lead to 27 midway through the second half before both teams went on a four-minute shooting drought. The Engineers came back from their third timeout with a 12-2 run to cut the score to 61-44 with 4:06 to play. Sophomore Kate Burgess (Newport, ME) registered six of her team-high 15 points on two shots from behind the arc during the run.

WPI falls to 4-5 as they prepare to host Williams on Saturday. Amherst improves to 4-1 and will next host Smith on the 10th.

Wednesday, January 7, 1998 at Amherst, Massachusetts
WPI (4-5)		22	24 -- 46
Amherst (4-1)		40	31 -- 71
WPI (46) O'Connor 0-3 1-2 1, Mix 0-1 0-0 0, Burgess 6-16 0-0 15, Mulryan 0-2 0-0 0, Carlson 2-2 0-0 4, Gionet 0-0 0-0 0, Michalenka 4-12 3-7 13, Haugerud 0-0 0-0 0, Matter 1-2 0-2 2, Kodys 5-8 1-2 11.

Amherst (71) Roja 0-3 0-0 0, Riley 2-3 0-0 5, Noel 5-10 0-0 12, Walker 1-5 0-1 2, Hersey 6-6 6-6 18, Sielicki 1-2 0-1 2, Taylor 1-3 0-0 3, Feldman 4-16 0-0 9, Lischer 0-3 0-0 0, Rinaldi 4-6 1-2 9, Sacher 1-1 0-0 2, Sullivan 1-8 1-2 3, McCarthy 2-6 2-5 6.

3-point goals - A 5-16 (Noel 2, Riley, Taylor, Feldman), WPI 5-17 (Burgess 3, Michalenka 2). Fouled out - None. Rebounds - A 56 (Hersey 13), WPI 28 (Burgess 7). Assists - A 16 (Rinaldi 3), WPI 6 (Mulryan 3). Total fouls - A 15, WPI 20. Technicals - None. Attendance - 177.

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