Kerry O'Loughlin '09
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Junior tri-captain Stefanie Reiff led Amherst with 14 points in the loss.

Jeffs Fall at Conn. College to Second-Half Comeback

By Alex Kantor

February 2 , 2007

NEW LONDON, CT – The Amherst College women’s basketball team held an 8-point lead as late as 15:38 remaining in the second half, but fell to NESCAC rival Conn. College on the road, 64-59. The loss drops Amherst to 12-10 (3-4 NESCAC) on the year.

The Lord Jeffs played great half court basketball in the first half of play, shooting 40% from the field and 33% from behind the arc. Leading the way for Amherst in the opening frame was the duo of senior tri-captain Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) and sophomore Kerry O’Loughlin (Stow, MA). The pair each notched 7 first-half points, and combined for 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Amherst also received strong first-half play from substitute Shaina Pollack (Great Neck, NY), who had 6 points on 3-of-4 shooting in just 11 minutes of action. Amherst front-line players Samantha Swenson (Rockaway Park, NY) and Anne-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) pulled down 11 rebounds combined in the first half, including 6 on the offensive end.

The Jeffs headed to locker room up 30-23 at the half, but would emerge to a different Camel squad in the second half. Conn. College shot a blazing 42.9% from long distance in the second half, and 48% from the floor to heat things up in front of a of over 200 fans.

The Lord Jeffs struggled in the second half, failing to make a bucket from three-point range, and making only 11 second-half shots total. The Camels outscored Amherst 41-29 in the second half to take over the game and pull away for the victory.

Pacing Conn. College on offense was Katy Serafin, who poured home 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for the lone double-double of the night. O’Loughlin and junior tri-captain Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) each finished the night with 14 points for Amherst, while Muller finished with 11.

Amherst will remain in Connecticut tonight as they face NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University tomorrow afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip-off.