|Jeffs Fall To Tufts, 62-41|
Jeffs Fall To Tufts, 62-41
FROM A TUFTS UNIVERSITY RELEASE
MEDFORD, MA – The Amherst women's basketball dropped their final regular season conference contest to host Tufts University, 62-41, on Saturday afternoon. The Jeffs, who fall to 9-14 (4-5 NESCAC), secured the fifth seed in the NESCAC Tournament and will travel to archrival No. 4 Williams College next Saturday. Tufts improves to 10-12 (3-6 NESCAC) and earns the No. 7 seed in a tie-breaker with Trinity College. The Jumbos will meet No. 2 Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME in first-round play.
Amherst broke the scoring column at 16:21 when senior Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) converted an assist from rookie Amanda Otieno (Gloucester, MA), but it was slow-going for the Jeffs in the first half, as they shot just 19% from the field (four-for-21) and were out-rebounded 24-12. Tufts got out to a quick eight-point lead, 12-4, on a jumper from Jumbo junior Libby Park, and Amherst was never able to find their groove before the break. Park netted nine first-period points, and Tufts hammered out a 16-2 run to end the half, as the Jumbos went into the locker room with a 37-11 edge.
It was more of the same in the early minutes of the second stanza, as Tufts spread the scoring around to go up by as many as 37, 54-17, before Amherst could respond. Senior guard Ali Flato (Piedmont, CA) sparked the Jeffs near the 10-minute mark, sinking an unassisted jumper, and the rest of the squad took her lead as Amherst outscored the hosts 24-8 in the final minutes of play. Senior co-captain Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) posted seven points, three rebounds and two assists in the run, but it was too little too late for Amherst, as the Jumbos sailed away with the 62-41 victory.
Smith and Latham each finished with nine points for the Jeffs, and Latham added six boards and six helpers. Sophomore Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) chipped in seven points. Tufts sophomore Khalilah Ummah netted eight points, while junior Laura Jasinski posted seven points, seven rebounds and a pair of blocks.
Amherst returns to action Monday at 7 p.m. when they host Russell Sage, and opens tournament play at 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 18 when they travel to No. 4 Williams College.
NESCAC Postseason Tournament Seedings
Semifinals- Saturday, February 25 at highest remaining seed (2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.)
Championship- Sunday, February 26 (12:00 p.m.)
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