Jeffs Roll at Framingham St., 80-63|
January 6, 2001
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts - Behind 21 points each from first-years Sarah Bergman
(Shaftsbury, VT) and Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA), and a 10-point, 10-rebound performance
from senior Co-captain Charlotte Taylor (Harvard, MA), her first career double-double, the
women's basketball team cruised past Framingham State College on Saturday afternoon, exploding
for their highest offensive output of the season in the 80-63 win.
|Charlotte Taylor led the Jeffs |
with 10 points and 10 boards
The game, played at
Joseph B. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, started with a pair of quick buckets from
Bergman, before Russell caught fire. The rookie sharpshooter scored 10 points in a span of
5:01, including a long three-pointer from the right wing, sparking the Jeffs to a 16-6 lead at
the 12:18-mark. The duo of Bergman and Russell combined for 22 of the Jeffs' first 25 points,
but balanced play from the Rams, led by sophomore forward Kristine O'Coin (Spencer, MA) kept
the hosts in the game, holding Amherst to a 36-29 lead at halftime.
Janice Coppolino (Andover, MA) opened the second half with a lay-up at the 19:30-mark to cut
Amherst's lead to five, but the Rams would never come any closer, and the Jeffs would
eventually break the game open. Bergman scored each of Amherst's first eight points of the
period, including a jumper at the 14:56-mark that ignited a game-breaking run. After an O'Coin
bucket, Russell drilled another long three-pointer, fellow first-year Marissa McGuire
(Minneapolis, MN) added a jumper from the baseline, Bergman converted a perfect inside feed
from classmate Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA), and Russell added a 14-footer to extend the
Jeff lead to 53-36 with 13 minutes remaining.
From there, the Rams, behind O'Coin and
Coppolino, would chip away at the Amherst advantage, closing to within nine on a pair of O'Coin
free throws at the 2:06-mark. The Jeffs, however, responded with clutch free-throw shooting of
their own, connecting on 10 of their 12 attempts from the charity stripe in the last two
minutes. For the season, Amherst came in shooting under 50 percent, but the Jeffs finished a
season-best 17-25 (68.0 percent) from the line, including a 13-16 performance in the second
half, sealing the 80-63 final.
Along with the free-throw shooting, the Jeffs benefited
from a terrific game on the boards, with four different players-led by Bergman's game-high
12-finishing in double-figures for rebounds. Sophomore Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT) added 11
rebounds to her six points, and Russell and Taylor each finished with 10 boards, both the first
double-doubles of their careers. Russell finished 4-7 from downtown en route to her 21 points,
while Bergman set a new career-high by scoring 13 of her 21 points after halftime, finishing
10-21 from the field en route to her third double-double of the season and her second in as
many games, despite playing only 23 minutes. McGuire added a career-best 11 points, shooting
7-8 from the foul line, and sophomore guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) turned in another solid
all-around effort, dishing out seven assists, picking off four passes, and connecting on her
only shot of the game-a three-pointer that accounted for the only three of the Jeffs' first 25
points not scored by Bergman and Russell. The 80 points shattered the Jeffs' previous high-mark
of the season-a 71-point effort against the U.S. Coast Guard Academy on December 11, as the
Jeffs boasted two 20-point scorers in one game for the first time in four years.
Framingham, which put up the most points by an Amherst opponent all season, was led by O'Coin,
who entered the game averaging 19.9 points per game. The sophomore stayed true to form, pouring
in 20 points, including a 6-8 day from the charity stripe, before fouling out late in the
second half. Coppolino was the only other Ram in double figures, pulling down 13 points and a
team-high nine rebounds, as the Jeffs held the Rams-who fall to 5-4 with the loss-to a 24-78
(30.8 percent) shooting performance from the field.
With the win, the Jeffs improve to
8-2, staying on pace with the 1988-89 squad that boasted Amherst's best-ever start. The Jeffs
are next in action on Tuesday night, when they travel out Route 9 for a local matchup at Smith
College, before Thursday night's home showdown against the Babson College Beavers, presently
the only undefeated Division III team in New England.
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