|Amherst Falls to Williams, 70-51|
Amherst Falls to Williams, 70-51
January 6, 2007
By Alex Kantor
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team opened up a Little Three double-header this afternoon when the squad fired up the rivalry between the Lord Jeffs and the Ephs at Chandler Gymnasium on the campus of Williams College.
Both the Amherst and Williams women came out of the locker rooms firing on all cylinders, with junior tri-captain Stephanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) finishing a three-point play after a tough lay-up in traffic, only to have Mika Peterman answer with a three-pointer on the next possession.
The two archrivals traded baskets for the next few minutes of the game, staying knotted at 9 for six straight possessions before the Ephs went on a 9-2 run over a three-minute span. After a timeout by the Amherst coaching staff, the Lord Jeffs were seemingly more composed, going bucket for bucket with the Ephs, the lead hanging around 9.
The Lord Jeffs failed to knock down free throws in the closing minutes of the first half, allowing the Williams lead to stretch as large as 37-23, before senior tri-captain Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) buried a three pointer with the shot clock expiring, and less than five seconds showing on the game clock.
After the half, the two familiar foes returned to the court, with Amherst trailing 37-26, only to see Williams extend its lead to a game-high 15 points on consecutive scores. Amherst first-year Samantha Swenson (Rockaway Park, NY) scored six straight points for the Jeffs, bringing the lead back to single digits.
With Williams on the verge of running away with the game, Swenson’s relentless work on the offensive glass kept Amherst within striking distance as long as the team could string together multiple defensive stops.
A tough blow to Amherst’s morale was delivered by Peterman in the form of a rare four-point play with 10 minutes remaining in the game. With the score sitting at 53-36 in favor of the Ephs, Amherst refused to give up to the enemy, returning to contention with a 7-2 run of their own.
In the final minutes of the game, the Ephs were able to regain the form they had assumed for the majority of the game, finishing the game up 70-51 to earn their 11th win of the season. Amherst drops to 7-5 on the season as the NESCAC schedule approaches. The Jeffs return to action when they face Hamilton College Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. on the road.
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