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2001-02 Archived Women's Basketball Stories

Women's Hoop Drops Fourth Straight, 73-60, to Middlebury
January 19 - Amherst fell victim to a near triple-double performance by Middlebury senior point-guard Megan McCosker en route to a 73-60 loss in NESCAC women's basketball action Saturday afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium. McCosker filled the box score 11 points, nine assists, nine rebounds and four steals, helping Middlebury improve to 11-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Amherst fell to 8-7 on the season and 0-2 in the NESCAC with its fourth straight loss. Full Story

Jeffs Fall at Williams, 62-54
January 18 - The Amherst women's basketball team dropped its conference-opener at NESCAC rival Williams College, 62-54 on Friday night despite 14 points from sophomore sharpshooter Shannon Russell and 13 points by senior quad-captain Hallison Putnam. The Jeffs were whistled for 22 fouls on the night, while Williams was called for just 14, offsetting Amherst's 40-28 rebounding advantage. Full Story

Jeffs Fall at Wesleyan, 51-40
January 15 - The Amherst women's basketball team fell 51-40 at Little Three rival Wesleyan University on Tuesday night in a game that featured 51 turnovers, despite team-highs of 11 points from sophomore Marissa McGuire and junior Sarah Walker. Wesleyan's 10-3 record matches its best start in school history, while the Jeffs fell to 8-5 with their second straight loss. Full Story

Women's Hoop Succumbs to Williams, 68-46
January 12 - The Amherst women's basketball team found foul trouble early-on and never fully recovered en route to a 68-46 non-conference loss to visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College Saturday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. Junior forward Abi Jackson led three Williams players in double figures with game-highs of 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Ephs improved to 8-4 with their fourth straight win. Amherst fell to 8-4 with the loss. Full Story

Men's and Women's Hoop Teams Set for Saturday Doubleheader Against Williams
January 11 - Amherst's men's and women's basketball teams will host NESCAC and Little Three rival Williams College in a non-league doubleheader Saturday evening at LeFrak Gymnasium. The women's game will tip off at 6 p.m. with the men to follow shortly thereafter. Ticket prices are $1.00 for students and children and $3.00 for adults. Admission is free with an Amherst ID. Full Preview

Russell, Walker Lift Jeffs Past Babson, 64-59
January 10 - Sophomore shooting guard Shannon Russell scored 15 of her game-high 27 points in the second half and junior forward Sarah Walker sank four key free throws in the closing seconds as Amherst defeated host Babson, 64-59, in women's basketball action on Thursday night. Full Story

Jeffs Hold Off Smith, 57-47
January 8 - Amherst used a pair of double-doubles by sophomore forward Sarah Bergman and junior quad-captain Sarah Walker to hold off visiting non-league foe Smith College, 57-47, Tuesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. Bergman finished with 12 points and a game-high 16 rebounds, while Walker poured in 12 points and grabbed 10 boards in her third game of the season as the Jeffs improved to 7-3 with their third straight win. Full Story

Jeffs Take Goombay Shootout With Pair of Wins over Colby-Sawyer
January 7 - After a pair of losses at Clark University and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Amherst (6-3) snapped a two-game losing skid with a pair of wins over Colby-Sawyer College at the Goombay Shootout in the Bahamas over the holiday break, downing the Chargers 38-32 in a low-scoring affair on January 3, followed by a 46-35 victory on January 6. Full Story

Jeffs Surrender Nine-Point Halftime Lead, Fall at Coast Guard, 61-57
December 10 - The Amherst 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, CT. 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. Full Story

Jeffs Fall at Clark Despite 24 Points From Russell
December 8 - The Amherst women's basketball team had a four-game winning streak snapped with a 69-58 loss at non-league foe Clark University on Saturday, despite a game-high 24 points on eight three-pointers by sophomore sharpshooter Shannon Russell. Sophomore center Caitlin Farrell was the only other Amherst player in double figures with 10 points, to go along with a team-high 12 rebounds. Full Story

Hot-shooting Women's Hoop Upends Wellesley, 63-51
December 6 - The Amherst 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 led the way with a season and game-high 16 points, while senior guard Hallison Putnam 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. Full Story

Jeffs Crush WNEC, 65-32
December 4 - Amherst used balanced scoring and a 20-2 run over the game's first 8:23 to dismantle visiting non-league foe Western New England College, 65-32, Tuesday night at LeFrak Gymnasium. The Jeffs (3-1) held WNEC (5-2) to just eight field goals and 18.2 percent (8-for-44) shooting en route to their third straight victory, snapping the Golden Bears' five-game winning streak. Full Story

Olympian Chandra Cheeseborough to Attend Amherst-WNEC Game
December 4 - Olympic gold medal sprinter Chandra Cheeseborough will be in attendance at Tuesday's (Dec. 4) 7 p.m. women's basketball game against visiting WNEC as the special guest of head coach Billy McBride. Cheeseborough - who currently serves as the head women's track coach at her alma mater, Tennessee State University - is the most notable of several speakers invited by McBride on behalf of the Exercise and Sports Studies graduate program at Smith College. She will speak at a public lecture, set for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Smith College's Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Full Story

Women's Hoop Wins Second Straight, 70-55, Over W.P.I.
December 1 - The Amherst 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 posted 20 of her career-high 28 points in the second half, helping the Jeffs overcome a 28-25 halftime deficit. Full Story

Women's Hoop Outlasts Keene St. in Home-Opener, 59-57
November 29 - Sophomore forward Sarah Bergman 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 to 1-1 with the win, while Keene State fell to 3-1. Full Story

Jeffs Open Season with Overtime Loss at Mt. Holyoke
November 27 - A depleted Amherst women's basketball team opened its season with a 70-60 overtime loss at non-league foe Mt. Holyoke College on Tuesday. The host Lyons outscored Amherst 15-5 in the overtime session, as they improved to 2-0 on the season. Sophomore forward Sarah Bergman carried the Jeffs in defeat with team-highs of 17 points and six rebounds. Full Story

Jeffs Look to Improve on Best Season in School History; Open Tuesday at Mt. Holyoke
November 26 - One year removed from the best season in school history, the Amherst women's basketball team opens its 2001-02 campaign Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at non-league foe Mount Holyoke College. The Jeffs have plenty to look forward to, graduating only one senior from a team that set a new school-record with 23 wins and earned the squad's first postseason appearance since 1996-97. Full Story


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