Shaina Pollack '08
Sophomore Shaina Pollack matched a career-high with 17 points on Friday night.

Jeffs Fall at Williams, 77-63

February 3 , 2006

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team fell at NESCAC and Little Three archrival host Williams College on Friday night, 77-63. The Jeffs drop to 8-11 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while Williams improve to 18-3 (5-1 NESCAC).

Neither side did much offensive damage early as the Ephs finally cracked the scoring column near the two-minute mark, and the score inched to just 6-2 after five minutes of action. The sloppy play continued, but Williams was able to muster a bit of control and extended its edge out to 11-4 on a three by first-year guard Mika Peterman (Los Altos, CA).

Amherst sophomore Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) tried to spark a bit of offense with a step-back trifecta and a pair of long-range jumpers, but the Ephs were firing with equal accuracy on the offensive end as junior Meghan Stetson (Oneonta, NY) buried a pair of threes and senior Colleen Hession (Northampton, MA) hit one of her own to take a 22-13 lead near the midway point of the half.

The Jeffs began to chip away at Williams’ lead as junior Jenny Muller (N. Andover, MA) drilled a pull-up late in the shot clock and sophomore Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) knifed her way through the defense to pull within five, 24-19, seven minutes before the break. The Ephs, however, regained their composure and cruised into the locker room with a 36-26 advantage.

Pollack was the source of most of the Jeffs’ scoring, tallying 14 of their 26 first-half points. Meanwhile, Williams junior Meghan O’Malley (Topsfield, MA) had a stranglehold on the glass pulling down nine boards and adding eight points.

Williams continually extended its lead in the opening minutes of the second frame, pulling ahead by as many as 17, 48-31, over the first seven minutes. Amherst appeared to right the ship, forcing a shot-clock violation and cashing in two straight seven-point runs to cut the lead back to 10, 48-38, at the midway point. Hession responded for Williams, hitting a three-ball despite the Amherst foul and dropping in a charity toss for the four-point play, but Muller came right back for the Jeffs with an and-one bucket of her own.

Once again, Williams took control of the pace, pushed its advantage back to 16, 58-42, on the strength of an old-fashioned three-point play by senior forward Maggie Miller (Wellesley, MA), and the Ephs would hardly look back.

Pollack finished with 17 points and a pair of steals, while Reiff added 12 points and four boards and Muller chipped in 10 points, three assists and two steals. Rookie Yasmine Harik (Rye Brook, NY) scored eight points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

Miller and Hession paced the Ephs with 16 points apiece, while Miller pulled down 11 rebounds and Hession dealt four assists. O’Malley finished with a double-double as well, posting 12 points and 14 boards.

The loss marks the Jeffs’ 11th straight to Williams as they haven’t beaten the Jeffs since January 13, 2001, when they posted a 68-63 overtime victory in Williamstown.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow (Saturday) at 3 p.m. against visiting NESCAC foe Middlebury College.

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