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Junior guard Kate Herlihy netted the game-winner in the closing seconds on Saturday.

Herlihy's Buzzer-Beater Leads Jeffs Past Trinity, 59-58

February 7, 2004

HARTFORD, CT - Amherst junior Kate Herlihy (Glens Falls, NY) nailed a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation to lead the Amherst College women’s basketball team to a 59-58 win at NESCAC rival Trinity College on Saturday. The Bantams had a chance to ice the game from the free throw line with 15 seconds remaining, but missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Herlihy hit the game-winner with her only shot of the contest.

Trinity built a seven-point lead in the first half, but the Jeffs battled back as sophomore Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH) tallied 10 first half points and senior guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) hit a jumper with five ticks left to take a 27-25 lead into the break.

The game went back and forth in the second half with 10 ties and eight lead changes. Amherst first-year Caroline Polales (Chicago, IL) capped a 10-0 run with a jumper to take a 47-40 lead with 8:47 remaining, but Trinity responded with an 11-2 run of its own to retake the lead, 51-49, on a bucket from junior guard Tracy Nesbit.

The Bantams seemed to take a clear advantage in the final minute, mounting a four-point lead with just 15 seconds remaining on a Nesbit free throw. Russell pulled the Jeffs within two with her 13th-point of the game, and Amherst sent Nesbit to the line again, where she missed the ensuing free throw. Amherst sophomore Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) gathered the rebound and passed the ball to Russell, who found Herlihy for the game-winner.

Sophomore forward Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) paced the Jeffs with a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds, while Morin added 11 points, six boards and five assists and senior quad-captain Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) grabbed a game-high nine rebounds. Amherst improved to 10-12 (2-5 NESCAC) and moved into seventh place in the NESCAC standings.

Trinity junior Jessica Baker had a game-high 17 points and six rebounds to lead the Bantams, who dropped to 9-11 (1-6 NESCAC) and fell to ninth place in the conference.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. against visiting NESCAC rival Connecticut College.

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