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Women's Basketball Succumbs to Williams, 68-46

January 12, 2002

LaShauna Barboza '04
LaShauna Barboza scored nine points in defeat
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst women's basketball team found foul trouble early-on and never fully recovered en route to a 68-46 non-conference loss to visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College Saturday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. Junior forward Abi Jackson (Jamaica Plain, MA) led three Williams players in double figures with game-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Ephs improved to 8-4 with their fourth straight win. Amherst fell to 8-4 with the loss.

Amherst's usually dominant post tandem, 6'2" junior Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT) and 6'2" sophomore Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT), were each forced to the bench with two fouls inside the game's first seven minutes. Forced to go with a smaller lineup, head coach Billy McBride's Jeffs managed to stay with the Ephs for a good portion of the opening half, even trimming what was a seven point Williams lead to just one point on a layup by sophomore point guard LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) with 6:24 left before the break. The Ephs stamped an exclamation point on the half's waning minutes, however, taking a 9-2 run, and a 36-26 lead, into the halftime locker room.

It was all Williams from there as the Jeffs struggled to regain their rhythm, even with Walker and Bergman back in the lineup. The Ephs' dominance on the boards made life especially difficult for Amherst, who trailed by as many as 25 points down the stretch and found themselves on the short end of a 44-36 rebounding margin.

Williams sophomore forward Bridget McDonough (Holliston, MA) and junior guard Melissa Skeffington (Woburn, MA) joined Jackson in double figures with 14 and 13 points, respectively, while junior guard Kate Stumpo (Walpole, MA) had a solid game with seven points and eight rebounds.

Barboza and fellow sophomore guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) each finished with nine points for Amherst.

The Jeffs return to action Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. for a non-league matchup at Wesleyan University.

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