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Jeffs Fall at Coast Guard, 61-57

December 10, 2001

Sarah Bergman '04
Sophomore Sarah Bergman: 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Jeffs
NEW LONDON, CT - The Amherst College women's basketball team led by as many as 17 points and took a nine-point lead into the locker room at halftime but couldn't hold on at Coast Guard, dropping a 61-57 non-conference decision to the Bears Monday night in New London, Connecticut. After a 1-5 start, Coast Guard (4-5) posted its third straight win for the first time in three years, while Amherst fell to 4-3 with its second straight road loss.

First-year Kira Peterson drained a pair of free throws with three seconds left in regulation and teammate Lis Bosma poured in a career-high 22 points to lead Coast Guard, which appeared to be out of the game early-on. Amherst led 33-24 at the break, but with the Jeffs leading 48-43 with 7:57 left in the game, the Bears went on an 11-2 run and claimed a 54-50 advantage. Coast Guard took its first lead of the game, 52-50, on a bucket by Amy Harmel - one of four Bears in double figures with 10 points. Harmel also tied the game, 50-50, on a three-pointer with 6:30 remaining.

Amherst sophomore shooting guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA), who led the Jeffs with 16 points, hit a three-pointer and later drilled a pair of free throws to knot the score, 55-55, with 3:20 left. Bosma answered with a trifecta of her own at 2:55 to give Coast Guard the lead for good.

Amherst junior Brooke Diamond's (Longmeadow, MA) layup cut deficit to 58-57, but Coast Guard's Kristen VanHavewrbeke, who led the team with 13 rebounds, hit one of two free throws for a 59-57 lead with 18 seconds left. Kira Peterson then made a steal, drew a foul and hit both free throws to set the final score and ensure the Bears their third straight victory.

Sophomore Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) finished with 14 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Amherst, which returns to action in the Bahamas on January 3, after a lengthy holiday layoff.

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