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Hot-shooting Women's Hoop Upends Wellesley, 63-51

December 6, 2001

Shannon Russell '04
Sophomore sharpshooter Shannon Russell led the way with a season and game-high 16 points
AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team used hot shooting from the field and the free throw line to win its fourth straight game on Thursday night, 63-51, over visiting non-league foe Wellesley College. Sophomore sharpshooter Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, VT) led the way with a season and game-high 16 points, while senior guard Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) added a career-high eight steals to go along with nine points, six rebounds and five assists, as the Jeffs improved to 4-1 on the season.

The two teams traded runs at the onset with Amherst opening up an 11-5 lead over the first 4:43, and Wellesley rebounding with a 7-0 spurt to overtake the Jeffs, 12-11, just over three minutes later. Shortly thereafter, Amherst got buckets from four different players, including a pair of layups by junior forward Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), en route to a 10-0 run that would lead to 34-25 Amherst advantage at the break. The Jeffs shot a scorching 52.0 percent (13-for-25) in the first half, went 6-for-6 from the line and would stay hot for the rest of the game.

Nevertheless, Wellesley answered by scoring the first seven points in the second half and eventually reclaimed the lead, 42-41, on a nifty lay-in by first-year forward Kristin Doeberl (West Redding, CT) with 12:45 remaining. The lead would be shortlived, however, as Amherst sophomore forward Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) answered immediately with a long-range three-pointer, followed by a pair off offensive putbacks by sophomore center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA), to swing the momentum back toward the Jeffs.

After stretching the gap to 11, Putnam then stripped Doeberl and went the length of the floor for an easy layup to give Amherst its biggest lead of the game, 59-46, with 4:24 remaining, cementing the Jeffs' first win over Wellesley in their last five tries.

Amherst ended up shooting 49.0 percent (25-for-51) overall and sank nine of its 10 free throw attempts. Besides Russell, Amherst sophomore forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) was the game's only other player in double figures with 10 points. Diamond cleaned the glass with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Farrell added seven boards and three blocks, and McGuire continued her strong play with seven points and five rebounds.

Junior forward Christine Carbonello (Londonderry, NH) finished with a team-high nine points in defeat, as Wellesley fell to 4-3 with the loss.

Amherst returns to action Saturday at 2 p.m. at non-conference rival Clark University.

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