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Women's Hoop Drops Fourth Straight, 73-60, to Middlebury

January 19, 2002

Sarah Bergman '04
Sophomore forward Sarah Bergman led three Amherst players in double figures with 16 points
AMHERST, MA - Amherst College fell victim to a near triple-double performance by Middlebury College senior point-guard Megan McCosker (Lafayette, CA) - and 22 points each from junior guard Kristin Hanley (Seattle, WA) and sophomore forward Alexis Batten (Avalon, NJ) - en route to a 73-60 loss in NESCAC women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium. McCosker filled the box score 11 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and four steals, helping Middlebury improve to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Amherst fell to 8-7 on the season and 0-2 in the NESCAC with its fourth straight loss.

Things looked good for the Jeffs early-on as they opened with an 11-4 run over the game's first six minutes - capped by a long-range trifecta by senior guard Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) - and held the advantage until 1:37 into the second half. Middlebury chipped away, however, and McCosker finally put the visitors ahead 32-31 with a pull-up jumper from 12-feet out - the first of five lead changes over the next 2:31. After Amherst junior forward Sarah Walker (West Hartford, CT) reclaimed the lead, 38-37, on a low-post jumper with 16:09 remaining, Hanley tipped in her own missed shot at the other end, igniting a 12-3 Panther flurry from which the Jeffs would never recover.

Middlebury dominated the game in nearly every statistical category, outshooting Amherst 48.4 percent (30-for-62) to 36.1 (22-for-61) and outrebounding the Jeffs 42-30. Both teams were stellar from the charity stripe with Amherst shooting a perfect 8-for-8 and the Panthers finishing 8-for-9.

Sophomore forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) led three Amherst players in double figures with 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting, while Putnam and sophomore shooting guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) each added 12 points for the Jeffs. Sophomore guard LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) also dished out a team-high five assists.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7:30 p.m. at NESCAC rival Bates College.

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