Julie Smith '06
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Senior Julie Smith paced the Jeffs with 13 points and eight rebounds on Tuesday night.

Jeffs Falter at Springfield, 56-50

FROM A SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE RELEASE

February 7, 2006

SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team faltered at local non-conference rival Springfield College on Tuesday night, 56-50. The Jeffs displayed a great outstanding effort, holding the host Pride to just 30.2% (19-of-63) shooting from the floor and forcing 17 turnovers, but it was not enough as Amherst fell to 9-12, while Springfield improved to 17-5.

The Jeffs came out slowly, not denting the scoreboard until the 15:28-mark, when senior co-captain Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) connected on the second of two charity tosses, and didn’t hit a shot from the field until a jumper from sophomore guard Shaina Pollack (Great Neck , NY) after 7:37 of play. Springfield, however, mounted a 10-point advantage, 13-3, on the stretch, led by two buckets apiece from Lauren O’Connor and Shannon Wiggin.

Amherst slowly chipped away at the lead, finally overtaking the Pride on an offensive putback from rookie forward Yasmine Harik (Rye Brook, NY), 19-18, and carrying a three-point edge, 23-20, into the break.

The Jeffs appeared to pick up where they left off after the half as senior co-captain Krissy Morin (Litchfield, NH) splashed a three on their opening possession, but the tide turned as Springfield’s Christine Cotter netted five straight points to lead the Pride on a 15-0 flurry from which Amherst would never fully recover. The Jeffs made a late 10-1 run, and senior Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) pulled Amherst within one, 51-50, with 1:17 to go, but solid Springfield free-throw shooting would put the game on ice.

Smith paced Amherst with 13 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore guard Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) chipped in 10 points in just 14 minutes of play. Latham, Morin, classmate Ali Flato (Piedmont, CA) and Jenny Muller (N. Andover, MA) each reigned in five boards apiece, and rookie guard Amanda Otieno (Gloucester, MA) dished out a team-high four assists.

Courtney Parvin tallied a game-high 14 points and 10 rebounds, while O’Connor finished with 10 points and a career-high 18 boards, 14 of which she pulled down in the first half. Cotter added 13 points to round out the Pride’s scoring leaders.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 7 p.m. at NESCAC opponent Bates College.

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