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Caitlin Farrell '04
Senior center Caitlin Farrell is Amherst’s second all-time leading shot blocker with 111 after leading the NESCAC in blocks and finishing 10th in rebounding as a junior.

Four Seniors Look to Lead Jeffs Back to Postseason

October 29, 2003

2002-03 RECAP
The Amherst women’s basketball team finished with a 12-12 mark (2-7 NESCAC) in a season marked by extreme change, including the welcoming of a new co-head coach in Lynne Cinella, six first-year players and the return of its senior point guard, Sara Bozorg, who missed the previous season studying abroad. The Jeffs came out firing anyway, reeling off nine straight wins to start the season, highlighted by non-league victories at West Coast opponents Occidental College and California Lutheran University, and an undefeated finish at the Pioneer Valley Women’s Basketball Classic, hosted by Springfield. Along the way, the Jeffs earned a pair of key conference victories over Tufts University and Connecticut College. Among the season’s most outstanding individual performances, junior forward Caitlin Farrell led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Tufts, and senior tri-captain Sarah Walker poured in 16 points and grabbed 14 boards in the win over Conn. Amherst added a late-season victory over Springfield as well, in which junior guard Shannon Russell scored her 1,000th career point en route to a 27-point night.

The Jeffs have big shoes to fill with the graduation of senior tri-captains Sara Bozorg, Sarah Walker and Brooke Diamond. Bozorg, a three-year starter at point guard, is the school’s career leader in steals (200) and is second all-time in assists (339). In her final season, she led the NESCAC in free throw percentage (.902) and finished fourth in assists per game (3.47), ninth in steals per game (2.16) and 11th in assist/turnover ratio (0.97). Walker, a 6’ 1” post player, graduates as the Jeffs’ all-time leader in rebounds (863) and blocked shots (160) after finishing fourth in the NESCAC in blocked shots per game (1.16) and fifth in rebounds per game (8.3) as a senior. Diamond, a three-sport captain who led the women’s lacrosse team to its first-ever NCAA Championship last spring, will be missed both on and off the floor for her leadership and academic achievement.

Seniors Shannon Russell, Marisa McGuire, Caitlin Farrell and LaShauna Barboza, all key members of the 2000-01 team that won a school-record 23 games, bring a wealth of experience to an otherwise youthful roster. Russell, last year’s team MVP and leading scorer, is already Amherst’s career leader in three-pointers with 198 and enters the season sixth all-time in scoring (1,057 points) and 10th in assists (144). A 2002-03 Second-Team All-NESCAC selection, Russell finished 24th in the nation and led the conference in three-pointers made per game (2.8), while finishing third in the NESCAC in scoring (16.1 ppg), sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.338) and tying for ninth in blocked shots (0.88 bpg). Farrell, a 6’ 3” center and last year’s Most Improved Player, is Amherst’s second all-time leading shot blocker with 111 after leading the NESCAC in blocks (1.79 bpg) and finishing 10th in rebounding (6.8 rpg) as a junior. McGuire, a 6’ 0” swing player, was voted Amherst’s Outstanding Defender last season, tying for ninth in the NESCAC in blocks (0.88 bpg) and finishing 10th in defensive rebounds (4.54 drpg). Barboza looks to contribute in the backcourt along with junior Kate Herlihy and sophomores Ali Flato and Kristine Morin. 6’ 1” sophomore forward Katie Latham comes off an outstanding rookie season, finishing fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (.510) and 10th in free throw percentage (.709), while averaging 10.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. Rounding out the frontcourt is 6’ 2” sophomore Julie Smith, who placed 12th in the NESCAC in blocked shots per game at 0.84 as a rookie.