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Shannon Russell '04
Senior quad-captain Shannon Russell netted 24 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range and collected seven boards on Saturday.

Sixth-Seeded Jeffs Finish Season With 62-57 NESCAC Quarterfinal Loss at No. 3 Seed Bates

February 21, 2004

LEWISTON, ME - The sixth-seeded Amherst College women’s basketball team finished its season with a 62-57 loss in the NESCAC Tournament Quarterfinals at No. 3 seed Bates College on Saturday. Bates senior Lauren DuBois netted 13 points, including two key jumpers in the final minutes, as the Bobcats advance to next Saturday’s tournament semifinals at Bowdoin College. Amherst senior Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) had a game-high 24 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range and collected seven boards as the Jeffs end their season at 11-14.

Amherst jumped on top 30-19 in the opening session, holding Bates to just 21.6% (8-for-37) shooting from the field. Sophomore Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) led the first-half charge with eight points and 11 rebounds.

The Jeffs held the lead for most of the second half as well, but Bates went on a 12-4 run over the final five minutes to spoil Amherst’s upset bid. DuBois broke a 57-57 tie with a foul-line jumper with 1:22 to play and knocked home her second consecutive shot to give the hosts a 61-57 lead with just 36 ticks remaining. Junior Heather Taylor went 1-for-2 from the free throw line to extend the Bobcats’ lead to five points with 17.7 seconds on the clock, and first-year Meg Coffin intercepted a pass on the Jeffs’ next possession to seal the victory. Bates junior Olivia Zurek posted a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds, while Coffin collected 12 rebounds and sophomore Annie Whiting chipped in 13 points.

Latham finished with nine points and a career-high 14 rebounds for Amherst, while first-year Caroline Polales (Chicago, IL) matched a career-high with 10 points.

This marks the final career game for Russell and fellow seniors Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN), LaShauna Barboza (New Bedford, MA) and Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA). Russell’s 24-point performance gives her 1,345 career points, good for second in school history, while Farrell’s 147 career blocks puts her second all-time as well.

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