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Jeffs Hold Off Smith, 57-47

January 9, 2002

Sarah Bergman '04
Sophomore forward Sarah Bergman led the Jeffs with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team used a pair of double-doubles by sophomore forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) and junior quad-captain Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT) to hold off visiting non-league foe Smith College, 57-47, Tuesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium.

Bergman finished with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Walker poured in 12 points and grabbed 10 boards in her third game of the season as the Jeffs improved to 7-3 with their third straight win. Smith, which fell to 6-5, was led by sophomore forward Dasen Woitkowski's (Pittsfield, MA) game-high 23 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

The opening minutes were marked by offensive futility as neither team managed to crack the scoring column until Amherst senior guard Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) drilled a three-pointer 3:17 into the game. After missing its first seven shots, Smith finally broke through with a three-pointer by Woitkowski with 13:07 left before halftime, and took its only lead of the game 4:39 later when first-year guard Diana Bull (Parker, CO) nailed a long-range trifecta for an 11-10 Pioneer advantage.

Amherst sophomore sharpshooter Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) reclaimed the lead two possessions later with yet another trey from the top of the arc, and the Jeffs finished the half on a 17-4 run for a 27-15 halftime lead they would never relinquish.

After trailing by as many as 16 points after the break, Smith clawed back in the second half, cutting the lead to just five points, 41-36, on a Woitkowski free throw with 7:16 remaining. Amherst regained its composure and stretched the lead back to double digits with a pair of free throws by Walker at 3:36, and led by no less than nine points the rest of the way.

Putnam joined Walker and Bergman in double figures for Amherst with 10 points on the strength of a 5-for-6 showing from the charity stripe, while Russell dished out a game-high five assists. Woitkowski was the lone player in double figures for Smith. Sophomore tri-captain Amanda Wenczel (Hamilton, NJ) paced the pioneers on the boards with nine rebounds.

Amherst returns to action Thursday at 7 p.m. at non-conference foe Babson College.

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