Jenny Muller will look to lead the Jeffs as the lone senior on the team
Young Jeffs Ready for 2006-07 Season
November 3 , 2006
The Amherst women’s basketball team wrapped up its 2005-2006 slate with a 10-15 overall record and a 4-5 mark in conference play, earning the fifth seed in the NESCAC Tournament, but falling to fourth-seeded Williams in the first round. The Jeffs managed to fight off serious competition during the mid-point of the season, earning victories over Trinity, Conn. College, Colby, and Middlebury. They also took part in a memorable and hard-fought home performance against Hamilton, recording a solid come-from-behind victory in front of an energized home crowd. The Jeffs faced a road-heavy NESCAC schedule where six of their nine conference games were played outside of Amherst. The Lord Jeffs finished the season first in the NESCAC in defensive rebounds per game (33.6/gm), fourth in free-throw percentage (.692) and field goal percentage (.403), and fifth in field goal percentage defense (37.6%), scoring defense (56.3/gm) and rebounding margin (+2.0).
The Jeffs graduate four seniors in co-captains Krissy Morin and Katie Latham as well as guard Ali Flato and post player Julie Smith. This core group of seniors brought home a total of 48 victories, while all earning NESCAC All-Academic honors in their senior campaigns. Morin, who shares the single-game record for assists in a game (10), was a leader on the court along with Latham, who graduates as the fourth leading rebounder in Amherst history (623). Smith spent time as a center and forward while dominating the boards during her tenure and graduating as Amherst’s third all-time leading shot blocker (130). Flato was a consistent perimeter defender for the Jeffs and will be sorely missed this season.
Amherst returns a talented and enthusiastic young group, led by senior tri-captain Jenny Muller and junior tri-captains Shaina Pollack and Stephanie Reiff. Muller played an integral role in the Jeffs’ successes last season, consistently being among the top scorers in the game and leading the back-court. She finished among the conference leaders in three-point field goal percentage (30.7%), three-point field goals made (1.24/gm) and scoring (9.1/gm). Joining Muller in the back-court will be Pollack, who demonstrates defensive prowess and leadership on the court. Reiff, who plays as the three-guard for the Jeffs, is the number one scoring threat on the team. Last year, she was among the NESCAC leaders in points per game (9.4/gm), field goal percentage (46.0%) and free throw percentage (69.0%). Junior Anne-Claire Roesch will look to contribute in the paint this year as injuries have plagued her in the past. The sophomores for this year look very promising as forward Yasmine Harik will look to solidify the post rotation along with Susannah Ludwig, while Sarah Johnston, Stacy Brossy and Amanda Otieno will look to contribute with strong guard play. Also adding to the mix will be sophomore transfer Kerry O’Loughlin, who comes from Division I Stony Brook University and looks to bring attitude and talent to the squad. First-year Samantha Swenson’s versatility as a guard/post combo and Mia Gliedman’s excellent outside shooting will combine to make a great recruiting class that hopes to make a mark this season.