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Russell, Walker Lift Amherst Past Babson, 64-59

January 10, 2002

Shannon Russell '04
Shannon Russell's 27 points were just one short of her career-high
WELLESLEY, MA - Sophomore shooting guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) scored 15 of her game-high 27 points in the second half and junior forward Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT) sank four key free throws in the closing seconds as Amherst College defeated host Babson College, 64-59, in Division III women's basketball action on Thursday night.

After Babson (9-4) scored the game's first four points, Amherst (8-3) went on a 12-0 run to take an early 12-4 lead. The Jeffs later held a 31-22 advantage, but Babson senior co-captain Meredith Eddy (North Andover, MA) scored nine straight points to close out the half, tying the contest at 31-31.

The Beavers continued to play well early in the second half, taking their largest lead of the game at 43-37 on an Eddy three-pointer with 15 minutes left to play. However, Amherst came back to take an eventual 49-48 advantage on a Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) jumper with seven minutes remaining, and the two teams stayed neck-and-neck the rest of the way.

With less than five minutes left, Russell hit back-to-back three-pointers to give her team a four-point lead at 55-51, and the Lord Jeffs eventually led 59-52 with 2:19 left on the clock. Babson then rallied with a 7-1 spurt over the next two minutes, highlighted by four points from junior Joanna Maher (North Easton, MA), to pull to within one at 60-59. However, the Beavers came up empty on their final two possessions, and Walker knocked down all four of her free throw attempts in the final 13.1 seconds to seal the 64-59 victory.

Russell finished 10-of-25 from the floor, including 7-of-18 from three-point range, for her 27 points. Bergman finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the win, while Walker recorded 12 points and 13 boards.

Babson was paced by Eddy, who shot 9-of-17 from the field for 24 points to go along with 14 rebounds, but the senior forward was the only Beaver to break double-digits in scoring. Maher finished up with nine points, and junior Ingrid Miller (East Lyme, CT) added seven points and nine boards.

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