Amherst Defeats Conn College, 63-51

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA) had 17 points, six steals and five assists to lead Amherst College (14-9) to a 63-51 victory over NESCAC rival Connecticut College (8-14). The junior registered 13 of her points in the second half, including her second 3-pointer at the final buzzer.

Amherst roared out to an 8-1 lead in the first six minutes before the Camels hit their first field goal. A 13-2 run late in the first gave Conn College its only lead of the game, 28-26, on a lay-in by Jessica Nowlin (St. Paul, MN) with 45.2 seconds in the half. But a free throw and a baseline drive by senior captain Sarah Rinaldi (Washington, DC) returned the advantage to Amherst, 29-28, at the break.

The Jeffs extended their lead early in the second with a 13-0 run behind a swarming press. Noel stole a Camel inbounds pass and drained her first 3- with 16:46 to play, and a jumper by rookie Deirdre McCarthy (Oradell, NJ) handed Amherst its biggest lead of the night at 15 with just under 13 on the game-clock.

Conn responded with an 11-0 run of its own behind the 3-point shooting of Hope Maynard (Norwich, VT) and Sara Ellison (Berlin, CT). But Amherst hit seven of its nine free throws down the final stretch as the Camels were cold from the floor in the final 2:33 after pulling within three on a drive by Gina Navarra (Hartford, CT).

Amherst had four players in double figures. Noel led all scorers, while fellow junior captain Katie Hersey (Westford, MA) contributed 15 points and five steals. Rinaldi added 11 and sophomore Naomi Sullivan (Hudson, MA) chipped in 10 points. Eileen Sullivan (Yonkers, NY) led Connecticut College with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Maynard had 12 points for the Camels.

Conn College (8-14)		28	23 -- 51
Amherst (14-9)			29	34 -- 63
Conn College (51) Maynard 3-11 4-4 12, Brennan 0-4 0-0 0, Sullivan 5-8 3-5 13, Harding 2-8 3-5 7, Hurley 0-0 0-0 0, Ellison 3-9 0-0 9, Navarra 1-1 0-0 2, Nowlin 2-2 0-0 4, Kelly 0-0 0-0 0, Mosher 1-3 0-1 2, Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Moody 0-1 0-2 0.

Amherst (63) Roja 0-2 0-0 0, Riley 1-2 0-0 2, Noel 3-7 9-10 17, Walker 1-1 1-2, Hersey 5-14 4-5 14, Sielicki 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor 1-1 0-0 2, Feldman 0-0 0-0 0, Lischer 0-0 0-0 0, Rinaldi 4-12 3-4 11, Sacher 0-0 0-0 0, Sullivan 4-8 2-3 10, McCarthy 2-4 0-0 4.

3-point goals - A 2-9 (Noel 2), CC 5-13 (Ellison 3, Maynard 2). Fouled out - None. Rebounds - A 34 (Hersey 8), CC 36 (Sullivan 8). Assists - A 15 (Noel 5), CC 9 (Harding 4). Total fouls - A 19, CC 18. Technicals - None. Attendance - 72.

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