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W-Hoop Outlasts Keene St. in Home-Opener, 59-57

November 27, 2001

Hallison Putnam '02
Senior captain Hallison Putnam finished with an even eight points and eight rebounds for the Jeffs
AMHERST, MA - Sophomore forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) poured in a game-high 21 points and grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds to lead the Amherst women's basketball team to a 59-57 win in their home-opener against visiting non-league foe Keene State College Thursday night. The Jeffs evened their record at 1-1 with the victory, while Keene State fell to 3-1.

Amherst led by as many as 11 points in a wild second half, but freshman guard Meghan Csizmesia (Arlington, VT) kept the Owls in the game with a trio of off-balance three-pointers inside the final 2:10 - two of which accidentally banked off the glass and another on a runner from three feet outside the arc. Csizmesia's third long-range bomb cut the lead to just one point, 58-57, with eight seconds remaining. Keene State then fouled Bergman immediately on the ensuing inbound pass, and the sophomore sank one of her two free throws, setting the stage for possible heroics for the Owls in the waning seconds. Keene State sophomore forward Aly Araque (Hopewell Junction, NY) had an open look at a three-pointer at the buzzer but it wasn't meant to be, as Amherst escaped with its first win of the season and the Owls saw their three-game winning streak fall by the wayside.

Bergman dominated the glass throughout, pulling in 10 rebounds in the first half alone. She was the sole Amherst player in double-figures, although senior guard Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY), sophomore guards LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) and Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) and sophomore center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) each finished with eight points.

Keene State lived and died with the three-pointer, shooting just 9-for-39 from behind the arc. Csizmesia drilled five three-pointer and finished with a team-high 16 points. Junior forward Hayley Alaimo (Ellington, CT) added 14 points, despite coming up empty on five three-point attempts.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 6 p.m. against visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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