Anne-Claire Roesch '08
Photo by Erik Andrews '09
Sophomore Anne-Claire Roesch snatched six rebounds for Amherst.

Jeffs Stumble At Bates, 83-41


February 10, 2006

LEWISTON, ME – Despite 14 points from junior guard Jenny Muller (N. Andover, MA)– all in the first half– the Amherst women's basketball team was trounced at conference foe Bates College on Friday night, 83-41. The Jeffs fall to 9-13 (4-4 NESCAC) on the season, while Bates improves to 16-7 overall and 7-1 in conference play, and remains tied with Williams College and Bowdoin College, who also won tonight, for first-place in the NESCAC standings.

Amherst got off to an explosive start, building an early six-point lead, 12-6, on the strength of eight points from Muller in the opening five minutes. Jeff turnovers on the ensuing four possessions, however, enabled Bates to battle back to a 14-14 tie by the 11-minute mark. Bobcat sophomore Matia Kostakis helped Bates get out to a 12-point lead by 4:18 before Amherst was able to get back in the game. Sophomore guard Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) had a hand in six straight points for Amherst, connecting on a pair of jumpers and dishing out a helper to senior center Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) in the final minute, to cut the Bobcat lead to nine, 33-24, at the break.

Reigning NESCAC Player of the Week junior Meg Coffin caught fire for Bates in the second half, netting nine points in the first 4:44 to lead the Bobcats on a 21-4 run from which Amherst would never recover. Amherst regrouped with a timeout and a jumper from senior co-captain Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) at 11:27 ended the run, and a five minute scoring drought for the Jeffs. Three made free-throws from Reiff and a steal from rookie Sarah Johnston (Pelham Manor, NY) sliced the Bates’ lead to 22, 57-35, with nine minutes remaining, but it was as close as Amherst would get, as the Bobcats stretched their lead to 30 and then 40 in the waning minutes.

Reiff finished with nine points and four assists, while senior Ali Flato (Piedmont, CA) added four helpers of her own. Sophomore Anne-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) pulled down a team-high six rebounds and chipped in a block.

Coffin led all scorers with 18 points and snatched a stunning 18 rebounds. Kostakis, rookie Val Beckwith and junior Maggie Fitzgerald joined Coffin in double-figures, netting 14, 12, and 10, respectively, while sophomore Sarah Barton dished out eight assists.

Amherst returns to action tomorrow afternoon at Tufts University at 3 p.m. The Jeffs have secured the fifth-seed in the NESCAC tournament, set to begin next Saturday.