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Caroline Polales '07
First-year forward scored a career-high 10 points and grabbed six rebounds on Tuesday night.

Jeffs Down WPI, 58-48

January 13, 2004

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women’s basketball team downed visiting non-conference foe WPI 58-48 on Tuesday night. Senior quad-captain Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) scored a game-high 15 points, while sophomore forward Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) posted a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and first-year Caroline Polales (Chicago, IL) chipped in a career-high 10 points and six rebounds.

Latham came out firing, making her first four shots and leading the Jeffs on a 15-5 run over the first eight minutes. However, WPI would not go quietly and battled back with a 10-2 run of its own to pull within two at 17-15. Amherst held on to a 29-24 lead at the half by holding the Engineers to a miserable 27.6% (8-for-29) shooting performance from the field.

It was WPI that came out blazing in the second half, as the Engineers went on a 7-0 run over the first two minutes to take the lead for the first time in the game. The two squads played evenly over the next 11 minutes and neither team could extend its lead more than four points. WPI junior Lee Helberg (S. Yarmouth, MA) netted two of her 11 points to give the Engineers a 43-42 edge with 7:24 remaining, but Russell then took over for Amherst. She rallied off seven straight points for the Jeffs, fed junior Kate Herlihy (Glens Falls, NY) for a three and capped off a 14-4 rally with a jumper to give Amherst a 56-47 lead with 1:57 left. Amherst did not allow a field goal over the final two minutes and improved to 8-4 with the win.

Engineer first-year Meghan Pajonas (Bristol, CT) posted 12 points and five rebounds, while sophomore Sarah Doyon (Nashua, NH) added 10 points and senior guard Allison Wing (Brewer, ME) collected 10 steals, nine boards and dished out five assists. WPI falls to 8-6 on the year with the loss.

Amherst opens its NESCAC slate Friday at 7 p.m. at Colby College.

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