Jenny Muller '07
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Senior Jenny Muller totaled 17 points to lead the Jeffs, adding four rebounds, three steals and a pair of assists

Amherst Comes up Short Against Tufts, 58-53

January 12, 2007

By Justin Long

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team enjoyed an eight-point lead over Tufts University at halftime, but allowed the Jumbos to storm back and take a commanding lead in the second half, as the Lord Jeffs dropped their third consecutive game to fall to 7-7 (0-1 NESCAC) on the season.

Neither team could get into a rhythm to open the game, as the Jumbos and Jeffs combined for ten shots in the opening three minutes of play, none of which found their way through the rim. First-year Samantha Swensen (Rockaway Park, NY) finally put Amherst on the board with a lay-up at the 16:57 mark, giving Amherst the jumpstart it needed.

The Lord Jeffs jumped out to their largest lead of the half when Swensen converted on another lay-up, giving Amherst a 19-9 lead with 8:54 remaining in the opening frame. Tufts would not let the game get out of hand, however, as the Jumbos scored the next six points of the game to cut their deficit to four points with five minutes remaining in the half. Amherst responded in kind, closing out the half on a 5-1 lead to head into the locker room ahead 24-16.

Neither team’s offense was impressive in the first half. While Amherst shot 32% from the floor, the Jumbos shot a mere 22%, including only 10% from behind the three-point line.

Tufts opened the second half on an 8-2 run to pull within two points of Amherst, and took its first lead of the game at 13:10 after junior Khalilah Ummah knocked down a pair of free throws as part of a 16-0 run by the Jumbos. Tufts held a 42-31 lead with 10 minutes remaining in the game and never allowed the Jeffs to climb back into the picture, leading by as many as 12 points and never fewer than eight points until the final minute of the game. Amherst pulled within five points with 16 seconds remaining in regulation, but its run was not enough, as Tufts pulled off the 58-53 victory.

Senior tri-captain Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) finished the night with a team-high 17 points, adding four rebounds and three steals, while Swensen added 14 points (5-7 FG) and five rebounds. Junior tri-captain Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) also finished in double figures, totaling 11 points to go along with her five rebounds. The loss drops Amherst to 7-7 (0-1 NESCAC) on the season.

Senior guard Valerie Krah led all scorers with 19 points, while junior Jenna Gomez finished with 10 points for Tufts, who improves to 8-5 (1-0 NESCAC) on the season.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday to continue conference play, taking on Bates College at 3 p.m. in LeFrak Gymnasium.