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Women's Hoop Wins Second Straight, 70-55, Over W.P.I.

December 1, 2001

Marrisa McGuire '04
Sophomore Marissa McGuire had a breakout game pouring in ten points
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team upped its early-season record to 2-1 with a 70-55 come-from-behind win over visiting Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday. Amherst sophomore Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) posted 20 of her career-high 28 points in the second half, helping the Jeffs overcome a 28-25 halftime deficit.

Amherst sophomores Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) and Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) added 12 points each, while classmate Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) had a breakout game pouring in ten points, including a pair of three-pointers. For the Engineers, who entered the game with a 2-2 record, Helen Dinan and Becky MacDonald teamed up for 13 points each, while Erin Jabs pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds.

Staring at a 13-4 deficit in the game's opening minutes, the Jeffs mounted a comeback on the shoulders of senior co-captain Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) and Bergman. Following a layup by Farrell that cut the lead to 13-11 at the 10:44 mark, W.P.I struggled but managed to maintain a slim lead for the rest of the half.

The Engineers maintained their lead in the early minutes of the second half, until a jumper by Russell knotted the scor 30-30 at the 18:01 mark. MacDonald answered quickly from downtown, as the Engineers regained the lead. The tide would turn in Amherst's favor, however, as Bergman tied up the game at 39-39 and then gave Amherst the lead with free throws at 13:31. The Jeffs never looked back from there, save for a third tie score, 48-48, following a three-pointer by MacDonald at the 8:25 mark.

After that, Amherst ran all over the Engineers. McGuire ignited the scoring frenzy with a three-pointer with just under eight minutes remaining, and sophomore LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) converted on a pair of free throws seconds later to give the Jeffs a five-point lead. A quick five points from Russell and two points from Farrell went unanswered until MacDonald drained another long shot at 3:57, whittling the Amherst lead to nine. Amherst answered with back-to-back jumpers from Bergman and Farrell, before W.P.I.'s Lee Helberg converted four points in a row from the stripe after being fouled by Putnam and Barboza with less than two minutes left in regulation.

The remainder of the game saw four W.P.I. fouls that sent Bergman, Russell, and Putnam to the line. The trio converted on four of their seven chances, solidifying the lead at 68-55 before a buzzer-beating jumper by Bergman set the final score at 70-55.

Bergman and Farrell set new career highs in the victory. Bergman's 28 points shattered her old standard of 23, set against Trinity College in a late-season game last year, and Farrell's 12 points eclipsed her old mark of ten points, set at Keene State College last season.

The Jeffs will try to extend their winning streak to three games when they host non-conference foe Western New England College Tuesday at 7 p.m.

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