Photo by Erik Andrews '09
Rookie Yasmine Harik chipped in 14 points and six rebounds.

Amherst Women's Hoops Edged By Williams, 54-49

January 7, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team saw a 14-point halftime edge slip away in the second frame, as the Jeffs fell to visiting archrival Williams College in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. Amherst held the Ephs scoreless for over seven minutes en route to a 26-12 lead at the break, but shot just 24.0% from the field in the second half and got into foul trouble late in the game. Amherst falls to 4-7 with the loss, while Williams improves to 12-2.

Both squads came off the bench slowly, but a pair of baskets near the 10-minute mark by Amherst rookie Yasmine Harik (Rye Brook, NY) sent the Jeffs on an 18-5 run to finish the half. Sophomore Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) had 10 points in the run. The Amherst defense was stellar, holding Williams to just 22.7% shooting and keeping the Ephs at 0-5 from behind the arc.

Williams came out firing after the break, and steadily chipped away at the Jeff lead. Eph junior Maggie Miller (Wellesley, MA) had 10 points, six rebounds and a trio of blocks in the second half to inspire the Williams comeback. The Jeffs maintained a slight edge until the 7:46 mark, when a pair of free throws from Miller put Williams ahead, and they quickly built at modest lead. A three-pointer by Amherst junior Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) at 3:32 gave renewed hope and energy to the Jeffs, as she cut the Williams lead to just one, but it was as close as the home team would get, as shaky free-throw shooting and solid Eph defense hampered Amherst’s late-game reply. The Jeffs were forced to foul, and a pair of charity shots from Williams senior Colleen Hession (Northampton, MA) sealed the win.

Harik finished with 14 points to lead all scorers and added six rebounds, while Reiff added 13 points and four boards. Amherst senior Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) contributed seven points to go along with 10 rebounds. For Williams, Miller and junior Meghan O’Malley (Topsfield, MA) finished with 13 points and O’Malley added a game-high 12 caroms.

Amherst returns to action on Tuesday, when they face visiting non-conference rival Hamilton College at 5:30 p.m.