Sophomore guard Kristine Morin poured in a career-high 14 points in the loss to Wesleyan.
Jeffs Drop Regular-Season Finale to Wesleyan, 78-62
February 14, 2004
AMHERST, MA - Despite a career-high 14 points from sophomore guard Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH), the Amherst College women’s basketball team ended its regular season with a 78-62 loss to visiting NESCAC and Little Three rival Wesleyan University (19-3/7-2 NESCAC) on Saturday. Despite the setback, the Jeffs (11-13/3-6 NESCAC) secured the No. 6 seed in the eight-team NESCAC Championship Tournament, and will open postseason play with a first-round game next Saturday (Feb. 21) at 1 p.m. at third-seeded Bates College.
Amherst trailed nearly the entire game but managed to stay within single digits in the first half, cutting what was an eight-point lead down to just two on a Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) steal and lay-in with just over a minute remaining. Not to be outdone, Wesleyan responded with an NBA three-pointer by junior guard Sue Frost (Colchester, CT), and sophomore Meghan Robinson (Medfield, MA) hit a foul-line jumper with four seconds on the clock to give the Cardinals a 38-31 halftime cushion.
The Jeffs crept within three with a 5-0 mini-run at the start of the second half, courtesy of a Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) jumper and a slashing layup by Morin. But Wesleyan held its composure, pushing the lead back to nine and trading buckets with the Jeffs for most of the next 15 minutes. Trailing by nine, Amherst was forced to foul over the final 1:06 and Wesleyan iced the victory from the charity stripe, hitting 6-of-7 from the free throw line down the stretch, including a 5-for-6 showing by junior guard Nora Bowman (Guilford, CT).
Morin paced three Amherst players in double figures as Russell and senior center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) chipped in with 11 points each. Sophomore center Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) added a team-high five rebounds and a game-high five blocks in just 21 minutes off the bench. She also had a career-high seven blocks in Friday night’s lopsided 83-39 win over visiting Connecticut College.
Sophomore forward Hannah Stubbs (Arlington, VA) paced Wesleyan with a game-high 17 points, followed classmate Ashley Mastrangelo (Marblehead, MA) with 16, senior guard Amy Posocco (Willington, CT) with 14 and Bowman with 13. Stubbs also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Saturday’s matchup with Wesleyan marked the final regular-season home game for Amherst senior quad-captains Russell, Farrell, Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) and LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) who, collectively, have led the Jeffs to 57 wins over four seasons.
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2004 NESCAC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING
Quarterfinals - Saturday, February 21 at Higher Seeds (3:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted)
No. 8 Colby at No. 1 Bowdoin (2:00 p.m.)
No. 7 Middlebury at No. 2 Wesleyan
No. 6 Amherst at No. 3 Bates
No. 5 Williams at No. 4 Tufts
Semifinals - Saturday, February 28 at highest remaining seed (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.)
Highest remaining seed vs. lowest remaining seed
Remaining quarterfinal winners
Championship - Sunday, February 29 at 12:00 p.m.