Stefanie Reiff '08
Photo by Charlie Quigg '09
Junior forward Stefanie Reiff totaled 13 points, 5 assists and 10 rebounds in the loss

Jeffs Fall to Mount Holyoke, 58-54

November 21, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s basketball team dropped to 1-2 on the young season with a loss to visiting Mount Holyoke College this evening, 58-54. The game featured the return of Amherst tri-captain and lone senior, Jenny Muller (Andover, MA) to the line-up after wrapping up her duties with the Lord Jeff soccer team, and the 1,000th point of Mount Holyoke’s Joeanna Silvey (Boston, MA)

In first half action, Amherst and Mount Holyoke played back and forth action, with Amherst having a 17-15 lead with about 8 minutes remaining in the half, when Lions head coach Michelle Scecina signaled for a timeout. Coming out of the break, Mount Holyoke went on a 10-2 run to finish the first half. Lions leading scorer, Silvey finished the half with 11points, just 2 shy of her 1,000th career point.

Coming out of halftime, the Lord Jeffs were trailing 25-19, but were primed for a second half push. Amherst started off hot, and when Muller entered the game for her first minutes of the season with 17:09 left to go, Amherst was trailing 29-28. Muller let fly a three pointer, and got a shooter’s bounce, giving the Lord Jeffs a 31-29 lead.

With only 9:50 remaining, Silvey dropped in two free throws for the milestone, and a four point Lions lead, which they would never give up. Amherst battled hard in the final moments of the game, getting the lead down to one point at 51-50 on a Anne-Claire Roesch (Westport, CT) three pointer. Roesch was the leading scorer for the Jeffs on the evening, finishing with 15 points and 7 rebounds, while junior Stefanie Reiff (Hinsdale, IL) dropped 13 points, and snagged ten rebounds. Unfortunately, the Lord Jeffs could not muster a comeback as Mount Holyoke made their free throws to ice a 58-54 win.

Muller was not originally available for the start, due to a minor foot injury, but came off the bench for some much needed second half relief, adding 5 points in 13 minutes of action.

The Lord Jeffs return from their Thanksgiving vacation to face Keene State on the road Nov. 28th at 7 p.m.