Clark Overcomes Deficit, Defeats Amherst 67-60

Janinne Noel '99 scores 18 in the loss

AMHERST, Massachusetts -- The Amherst College women's basketball team looked like they were game to upset the 7-1 Clark University Cougars Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium. The Jeffs put up quite a fight but could not overcome the hot shooting of the Cougars in the second half. Trailing 31-27 at the half, Clark came out of the gates firing in the second half. The Cougars hit 9 of their first 11 shots in the second frame and jumped out to a 9 point lead midway through the half. Amherst made a couple of runs, including a 5-0 stretch in the last three minutes, but never cut the lead to less than four. Clark had four players score in double figures, with Marissa Garrity (Clinton, MA) leading the way with 16 on 7-for-13 shooting from the field. After shooting a paltry 32.2% in the first half, Clark couldn't miss in the second, shooting a sizzling 63%.

Amherst was led by the three-point expertise of Janinne Noel (Dalton, MA), who scored a game-high 18 points, including 4 threes (4/7 from downtown). To go along with her scoring frenzy, Noel also dished out another game-high 8 assists. Senior center Crystal Campaigne (Harvard, MA) notched her first double-double as a Lord Jeff, scoring 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. The Jeffs were the exact opposites of the Cougars, shooting 53.8% in the first and 34.4% in the second. The loss for the Jeffs is their second in a row and drops their overall record to 3-4.

Amherst plays again in southern California against Pomona Pitzer on January 2. Hope to see y'all there!

AMHERST (3-4) 34 29 60 (Noel 18 points, 8 assists)
Clark (8-1) 27 40 67 (Garrity 16 points)

Amherst Scoring:

Janinne Noel: 18 points (8 assists)
Katie Hersey: 13 points (5 rebounds, 5 assists)
Crystal Campaigne: 11 points (10 rebounds, 3 assists)
Liza Feldman: 8 points
Naomi Sullivan: 8 points (5 rebounds)
Charlotte Taylor: 2 points
Team Statistics:
Field Goal: 24/60 40.0%
3-Pt. Field Goal: 6/13 46.1%
Free-Throw: 6/9 66.5%