Julie Smith '06
Senior Julie Smith paced the Jeffs with 13 points on flawless six-for-six shooting.

Jeffs Fall to Keene State, 58-51

November 30, 2005

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women's basketball team fell to visiting non-conference opponent Keene State College 58-51 on Wednesday night. Senior Julie Smith (Villanova, PA) paced the Jeffs with her first double-double of the season, recording 13 points on perfect six-for-six shooting, while grabbing 11 caroms as Amherst dropped to 1-3.

Amherst controlled the tempo early, holding the lead for the first 10 minutes of play on the strength of a balanced scoring attack as all five Jeff starters found the scoring column quickly. However, Keene St. swayed the pace as senior Bekka Hopkins (Oxford, MA) grabbed two straight steals which she turned into a pair of free throws and a layup en route to a 7-0 Owl run. Amherst kept it close, outrebounding Keene St. 19-10 in the opening frame and converting nine second-chance points, but 12 first-half fouls led to 11 Owl free throws and a 32-30 Keene St. advantage at the break.

Keene St. jumped on the Jeffs in the second session, building a 12-point edge in the first six minutes, from which Amherst would never completely recover. The Jeffs rallied, cutting the lead back to two, 47-45, with 4:26 left on the clock, but then committed turnovers on three of their next four possessions to allow the Owls to push the lead back to seven down the stretch and hold on for the win.

Sophomore Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) joined Smith in double figures with 11 points, and senior co-captain Krissy Morin (Litchfield, NH) filled her stat column with eight points, six rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals. Rookie Yasmine Harik (Rye Brook, NY) came off the bench to chip in eight points, five boards and two steals.

Keene St. remained undefeated, moving to 3-0 with the win. Senior Stacey Morse (Lebanon, NH) and juniors Sarah Begnoche (Millville, MA) and Bri Barnes (Merrimack, NH) all reached double figures in the win, tallying 14, 13 and 10 points, respectively, while grabbing four boards apiece. Hopkins snatched four steals, followed closely by Morse who pilfered three.

Amherst returns to action Friday at 8 p.m., facing non-conference foe Western New England College in the opening day of the Pioneer Valley Classic, to be hosted by Westfield State College.