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Katie Latham '06
Junior Katie Latham finished among the conference leaders in both rebounding and field goal percentage last season.

Youthful Jeffs Set for Stellar Season

October 29, 2004

2003-04 RECAP
The Amherst women’s basketball team finished the 2003-04 season at 11-14 overall and 3-6 in conference play, earning the No. 6 seed in the NESCAC Championship Tournament after a two-year hiatus from postseason play. They opened the season red hot, winning six of their first seven games, including victories over John Jay College (85-44) and Vassar College (59-40) at the Vassar Invitational, and a pair of wins over Springfield College and Western New England College (WNEC) at the Pioneer Valley Classic. After hitting a cold spell midway through the season, the Jeffs rediscovered their winning ways, stealing conference victories from Trinity College and Connecticut College and qualifying for the conference tournament, where they held an early lead and nearly knocked off third-seeded Bates College in the opening round.

KEY LOSSES
The Jeffs lose four players to graduation, including the program’s all-time leading three-point shooter, Shannon Russell. With 249 career trifectas, Russell, who holds the college’s single-game record for three-pointers (8), graduated as the second leading scorer in Amherst history with 1,345 points and eighth all-time with 178 assists. The Jeffs also lose the second leading shot blocker in school history, Caitlin Farrell; all-around threat Marissa McGuire; and crafty shooting guard LaShauna Barboza. Farrell graduated with 149 blocks and averaged five rebounds per game in her career, led the NESCAC in blocked shots as a junior and finished fourth in the conference in rejections as a senior. McGuire finished among the team leaders in almost every statistical category as a senior, averaging 7.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks. Barboza was a mainstay last season, leading the Jeffs in free throw percentage (.811) while chipping in just over five points per game. She also ranks 11th all-time in assists with 145.

RETURNEES
Senior captain Kate Herlihy leads a youthful team on the hardwood this season. A three-point specialist, Herlihy comes off a great junior season, highlighted by a career-high 16 points on four trifectas against WNEC at the Pioneer Valley Classic, and a game-winning buzzer beater at Trinity. She’s backed by the strong junior class of Katie Latham, Julie Smith, Kristine Morin and Ali Flato. Latham has been among the conference leaders in both rebounding and field goal percentage throughout her career, finishing ninth and 10th, respectively, as a sophomore and 12th and fifth, respectively, as a first-year. Smith has proved to be an excellent shot blocker, ranking third in the conference as a sophomore, while Flato earned All-Tournament honors at the Vassar Invitational with eight assists in a first-round win over John Jay College and 11 boards in the championship win over Vassar. Morin had a great sophomore campaign as well, averaging 10.1 points per game in conference play. Also returning are sophomores Kim Glazier, Liz Avis, Cameron Passmore and Caroline Polales. Glazier finished 14th in the NESCAC in assists in 2003-04.

NEWCOMERS
The Jeffs welcome six new faces - sophomore transfer Jenny Muller and first-years Khalilah Licorish, Matia Kostakis, Anne-Claire Roesch, Stephanie Reiff and Shaina Pollack. Co-Head Coaches Billy McBride and Lynne Cinella are optimistic, touting the newcomers as a talented and competitive group.