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Jeffs Fall Victim to Second Half Rally, Losing at Colby, 65-44

February 16, 2002

From a Colby College Release

Shannon Russell '04
Sophomore guard Shannon Russell was one of two Jeffs to score in double figures
WATERVILLE, ME - The Amherst College women's basketball team closed its 2001-02 season with a heartbreaking 65-44 loss at NESCAC rival Colby College on Saturday, despite leading 31-26 at halftime. With the loss, the Jeffs finish at 11-12 overall and 2-6 in conference play, narrowly missing a berth in the upcoming NESCAC Postseason Championship Tournament.

Amherst used strong defense to take the early lead, holding the White Mules scoreless over the game's first three minutes. Colby sophomore Alyssa Henley (Spokane, VA) finally broke the dry-spell with a lay-up followed by a jumper by senior Katy Lawson (Mount Desert Is., ME) that knotted the score at 4-4. The two teams battled to a stalemate over the next five minutes until Colby committed turnovers on consecutive possessions, leading to a three-point play and a jump shot - as well as a 13-10 lead - for Amherst

The Jeffs' run was cut shoRt when junior Bianca Belcher (Lewiston, ME) knocked down a pull-up jumper for Colby, but The Jeffs answered immediately with a three-pointer. A pair of Sarah Walsh (Catonsville, Md.) free throws, followed by another jump shot by Belcher, kept the Mules within three points with five minutes remaining in the first half. With the momentum shifting back and forth, Amherst struggled with Colby's full court press and was forced to call a time out. Both teams managed a few more baskets and went into the locker room with Amherst ahead, 30-26.

After trailing at the break, Colby played close to perfection in the second half, outscoring the Jeffs 40-14 over the final 20 minutes. Amherst scored on its first possession but the Mules retaliated when Walsh converted off a fantastic spin move and followed with a steal on the other end of the court. That sparked a 16-0 run for the Mules, who never looked back en route to the victory.

Amherst, which shot just 23.3% (14-for-60) and committed 24 turnovers in the game, was led by 12 points by senior guard Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY), playing in the final game of her collegiate career. Sophomore guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) was the only other Amherst player in double figures with 10 points.

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