Sarah Johnston '09
First-year Sarah Johnston notched a career-high nine points in just 12 minutes of action on Friday night.

Jeffs Suffer 80-50 Loss at No. 5 Bowdoin


January 27, 2006

BRUNSWICK, ME – The Amherst College women’s basketball team suffered an 80-50 defeat at the hands of fifth-ranked NESCAC host Bowdoin College on Friday night. The Jeffs mustered just a 31.5% (17-for-54) shooting percentage as they dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-2 in conference play, while the Polar Bears improved to 14-2 (3-1 NESCAC).

Amherst hung tough in the early going, keeping even with the hosts through the 13-minute mark. However the Polar Bears finally bared their teeth and sprung out to a considerable lead with a 16-0 run. A pair of Amherst free throws ended the five-minute scoring drought, but Bowdoin kept pouring it on, stretching the lead to as many as 28 and coasting to a 43-19 halftime edge.

The second stanza brought more of the same for the Jeffs, as each time they began to chip at the Bowdoin advantage, another Polar Bear scoring run would erupt and the lead remained near 30 for the entire half.

Amherst rookie Sarah Johnston (Pelham Manor, NY) managed a career-high nine points in just 12 minutes on the floor, and she was matched in the scoring column by sophomore teammate Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL), who added six rebounds and three steals as well.

Rookie Jill Anelauskas came off the bench for a team-high 17 points for the Polar Bears, while junior Eileen Flaherty and sophomore Marisa Berne notched 15 and 10 points, respectively.

The Jeffs return to tomorrow at 3 p.m. at NESCAC opponent Colby College.