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Stumpo, Tilley Lead Williams To Thrilling 81-79 Win at Amherst
January 19, 2001

Billy McBride
Head Coach Billy McBride talks
strategy just before Shannon
Russell's game-tying three-pointer
AMHERST, Mass. - Williams College sophomore Kate Stumpo (Walpole, MA) hit a driving one-handed lay-in with 1.9 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Ephs to a stunning 81-79 victory over host Amherst College on Friday night. First-year Amherst guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) had hit back-to-back three-pointers in the final 18.1 seconds, tying the game at 79 with 5.6 ticks remaining. Senior Williams guard Liz Tilley (Queens, NY) led all scorers with 26 points, while rookie Amherst forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) had a career-high 22 points for the Jeffs before fouling out with 5:11 remaining.

After Amherst's thrilling 68-63 overtime win last Saturday in Williamstown, the rematch had all the making of another down-to-the-wire game, and the two teams didn't disappoint. An early 14-0 run opened up a 19-9 lead for the Ephs behind sharpshooting from downtown, with the visitors connecting on each of their first four three-point attempts, including a pair from Tilley. The Jeffs rallied, however, behind Bergman and junior Co-captain Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY), in her second game back from mononucleosis, taking a 31-30 advantage with 1:56 before halftime, before a late surge from Williams, capped by a Robyn Goldman (Tiburon, CA) three-pointer, gave the visitors a 35-33 lead at halftime.

Williams opened the second half with another offensive spurt, as Amherst went cold from outside. The Jeffs missed seven of their first eight shot attempts after halftime, as the Ephs built a 47-35 lead at the 16:17 mark on a Tilley jumper. Russell stopped the bleeding with a short jumper, before the Jeffs stormed back, behind an energized home crowd, going on a 16-4 run to knot the game at 53 on a deep three-pointer from Putnam at the 10:56-mark.

Putnam's second three-pointer of the game, at the 9:04 mark, put the Jeffs ahead 60-57, but Goldman answered with a three of her own, sparking an 11-2 Williams run that saw the Ephs take a 68-62 lead on a Stumpo free throw with 5:11 left. With Bergman, who scored a career-high 22 points, sidelined with five fouls, the Jeffs rallied one more time, but when Williams sophomore Abi Jackson (Jamaica Plain, MA) hit a lay-in with 1:57 to go, the Ephs had a seemingly-insurmountable 77-71 lead.

Sophomore Amherst point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) connected for her only field goal of the game at the 1:16 mark to close the Jeffs to within four, before Goldman hit one of two free throws with 26.7 ticks to go to extend the Williams lead back to five. From, there, however, Russell played the hero, draining a long three with Stumpo in her face with 18.1 seconds remaining, and, after Goldman hit one-of-two free throws again with 15.2 ticks left, draining a game-tying bomb with 5.6 seconds remaining.

The game seemed destined for overtime, just like the two teams' first meeting of the season, but Stumpo had other ideas. After a Williams timeout, a Tilley inbound pass found the sophomore just beyond Williams' three-point line, and the guard split two Amherst defenders, driving right and scooping a right-handed lay-in under Amherst's Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT) with 1.9 seconds left to give the Ephs a stunning 81-79 lead. Bozorg's desperation three fell well short, and the Ephs denied the Jeffs their first sweep of their arch-rivals since 1986-87.

Tilley led all scorers with 26 points, including a 4-9 performance from downtown, while Goldman has a solid17-point night. Stumpo's run-in brought her to 10 points on the evening, and the sophomore also posted a game-high nine assists. For Amherst, Bergman's 22 points led four players in double-figures, with Russell netting 15, and Taylor and Putnam each scoring 14 points, matching a career-high for the latter. Walker finished with her second straight 18-rebound performance, as the Jeffs dominated on the glass, outrebounding Williams 42-29. The Ephs, however, shot a scorching 51.9 percent from the field, including a 16-28 performance in the second half (57.1 percent), to hand Amherst its first loss when outrebounding its opponent all season. The 81 points by Williams also shattered Amherst's previous opponent-high, 63 points shared by the Ephs and Framingham State College.

With the win, Williams improves to 8-6 on the season, 1-0 in NESCAC play, and is next in action tomorrow at home against Trinity College. The Jeffs fall to 12-3, 0-1 in league play, and face a tough road test tomorrow afternoon at Middlebury College.
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