|Jeffs Cruise Past Skidmore, 68-49|
Jeffs Cruise Past Skidmore, 68-49
December 9, 2005
AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team used 24 turnovers by visiting non-conference foe Skidmore College – 16 in the first half – to score 20 points en route to a 68-49 toppling of the Thoroughbreds on Friday evening. The Jeffs grabbed 13 steals to improve to 3-5, while Skidmore dropped to 2-5.
Both teams used balanced attacks in the opening minutes to keep the game close until the 11-minute mark. Skidmore junior Shardae Gonsalves (New Bedford, MA) sank a jumper to take a 10-9 edge at 10:50 to give the Thoroughbreds’ their only lead of the game, as Amherst responded with the first of two three-pointers from sophomore Anne-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) only seconds later. Roesch’s pair of trifectas, two rebounds, a steal and an assist over the next four minutes would lead Amherst on a 13-2 run, and the Jeffs would never look back. Junior Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) scored six consecutive points, and Roesch added one more bucket, to close the half with the Jeffs holding a 34-19 edge.
The Jeffs came out as a defensive storm after the break, allowing Skidmore only four offensive boards and a single second-chance point in the second stanza, while committing just three turnovers. Amherst maintained a double-digit lead for all of the second period, holding Skidmore leading scorer junior Krystal Coke (Brooklyn, NY) to four second-half points.
Muller led the Jeffs with 14 points and trio of steals, while Roesch finished with a career-high 10 points. Classmate Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) added nine points and senior co-captain Katie Latham (Wakefield, MA) grabbed eight rebounds. Fellow captain Krissy Morin (Litchfield, NH) chipped in six points, six boards, four assists and three steals. Gonsalves and senior Katie Bronson (Potsdam, NY) each had 10 points for Skidmore.
Amherst returns to action Wednesday at 7 p.m. hosting Smith College.
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