Kerry O'Loughlin '09
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Sophomore Kerry O'Loughlin led Amherst will 11 points in the game.

Jeffs Fall to #2 Ranked Bowdoin 75-47

By Alex Kantor

January 27, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team fell to the NESCAC’s top team this afternoon at LeFrak Gymnasium, as the Bowdoin Polar Bears dropped the Jeffs 75-47. Bowdoin, the nation’s second-ranked squad, shot a blistering 69.6% in the second half to take the win and move to 19-1 on the year. The loss drops Amherst to 12-9, and 3-3 in the conference.

Amherst played tough defense all day against Bowdoin, and held the Polar Bears to an icy 30.6% mark from the field in the first half. The Lord Jeffs shot just shy of 40% in the first half, but fell behind by about a dozen points in the first frame due to two main factors.

Amherst was unable to convert from behind the arc in the first half, going 0-for-3 from distance, and could not keep the aggressive Bowdoin front line off the offensive glass, where they grabbed 16 first-half offensive rebounds. The second and third chance opportunities piled up for Bowdoin, as they stretched their lead into halftime.

Amherst sophomore forward Kerry O’Loughlin (Stow, MA) was the lone Lord Jeff to break double-digits in scoring, as she led the team with 11 points on the night. O’Loughlin pulled down a trio of boards in the game, all coming on the offensive end.

Amherst got solid production off the bench from junior tri-captain Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY) who shot 4-of-8 for the game for 8 points, while first-year Samantha Swenson (Rockaway Park, NY) and Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) combined for 11 points and 4 rebounds in the starting line-up.

Leading the charge for the Polar Bears was senior forward Eileen Flaherty (Fairfield, CT) who dropped an eye-popping 24 points, and picked up 8 rebounds (5 on the offensive glass). Joining Flaherty in double digits for Bowdoin was sophomore forward Jill Anelauskas (Medfield, MA) for 14 points and 7 boards, and first-year Lead Rubega (Norwich, CT) who added 11 and 9.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday night for a NESCAC match-up at Conn. College at 7 p.m.