Yasmine Harik '09
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Sophomore Yasmine Harik finished with a team-high nine points

Amherst Struggles with Hamilton, Falls to 7-6 with 57-47 Loss

January 9, 2007

By Justin Long

CLINTON, NY – The Amherst College women’s basketball team struggled with host Hamilton College from start to finish to fall to 7-6 on the season. The Continentals jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, improving to 6-1 on the season before beginning conference play this Friday.

After the first four minutes of the game, Hamilton held a 15-0 advantage due in large part to a triplet of three-pointers from junior guard Jessica Barrows. The Lord Jeffs did not get on the board until the 15:32 mark, but were able to pull within eight points when a jumper from junior Anne-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) brought the score to 18-10.

From the 12-minute mark to the five-minute mark, Hamilton and Amherst combined for 4-16 shooting and nine turnovers, as neither team was able to gain any momentum. After calling a timeout with 5:24 remaining in the half, the Continentals went on a 7-0 run during the next two-and-a-half minutes of play, jumping out to a 30-14 lead with 2:52 remaining in the first frame. The teams closed the half with more sloppy play, as the Jeffs went into the locker room trailing 30-16 after Samantha Swensen (Rockaway Park, NY) put in a lay-up in the closing seconds of the half.

Hamilton opened the second half with a 9-0 run to increase its lead to 23 points. Amherst responded with a 6-0 run of its own, trailing 39-22 with 15:22 remaining in regulation, only to be countered by a 7-0 Hamilton run, bringing the deficit to a game-high 24 points.

Sophomore Kerry O’Loughlin (Stow, MA) scored six consecutive points to spark an 11-0 Amherst run, bringing the game within reach with 5:44 remaining in the half, as the Jeffs trailed 48-35. Despite the late run, the Jeffs traded buckets with Hamilton for the remainder of the game and could not gain any more ground. Hamilton’s large scoring sprees to open each half paid off, as the Continentals finished with a 57-47 victory.

After a poor shooting performance in the first half, the Jeffs rebounded by shooting 50% from the floor in the second half. O’Loughlin and sophomore Yasmine Harik (New York, NY) each finished with nine points to lead the Jeffs, while Swensen finished with four points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Sydney Fasulo finished with 17 points to lead all scorers, while Barrows finished with five three-pointers for 15 points. Each team committed 20 turnovers on the night.

The Lord Jeffs return to action this Friday, when they will begin their conference schedule with a home match-up with Tufts University at 7 p.m.