W-Hoops Wins 16th in Convicing Fashion, 66-44|
February 2, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - A season-high 11 different players scored for the Amherst College women's basketball team on Friday night, as the Jeffs cruised to their 16th victory of the season with a 66-44 win over the visiting New England College Pilgrims in a non-conference match-up. The Jeffs, who improve to 16-3, were paced by first-year Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT), who shot a torrid 9-11 from the field en route to a 20-point night.
|Sophomore Sarah Walker turned|
in her 10th-consecutive game
with 10 or more rebounds,
adding five assists and three blocks
The game, originally scheduled for January 30 but postponed due to inclement weather, got off to a slow start, as both defenses had the better part of play. The Pilgrims jumped ahead 8-3 on a three-pointer from junior Jenny Bronson (Morgan, VT), but Amherst rolled off seven straight points, including a three-pointer from point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) and two buckets from Bergman, to take a 10-8 advantage.
Bozorg's steal and lay-in three minutes later capped an 8-0 spurt that saw the Jeffs take a 20-13 lead at the 12:18-mark, before both teams went ice-cold from the field. With the combination of New England's pesky zone defense and Amherst's dominating size inside, the Jeffs and Pilgrims managed only 22 points during the final 12 minutes of the half, with the hosts taking a 32-23 lead into the locker room.
After the intermission, the two teams continued to trade buckets for the first few minutes of the second period, before Bozorg's second three-pointer of the night ignited a 12-0 run that swelled the Amherst lead to 50-30 at the 13:41-mark. From there, New England was never able to get the Amherst lead below 18 points, as everyone off the Amherst bench found a way to contribute.
Pilgrim senior Renee Hellert (Westerly, RI) single-handedly prevented the game from turning into a romp, posting game-highs of 21 points and 12 rebounds, but only four other New England players scored as Amherst held their opponents under 35 percent from the field for the fourth-consecutive game. First-year forward Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) hit a short jumper with 11 seconds left to cap the scoring, as Amherst prevailed by a 66-44 final.
The Jeffs, who had trailed at halftime in six straight games entering Friday night, were on cruise control in the second half, thanks in part to a 51-29 edge on the boards. Six different Amherst players totaled five or more rebounds, led by sophomore forward Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT), who added a career-high five assists and three blocked shots to her 10-rebound night. With the 10 rebounds, Walker extended her school-record streak of consecutive games with double-figure rebounds to 10. Bergman added eight boards to her 20-point output, and sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA) pulled down all five of her rebounds on the offensive glass, scoring eight points in 17 minutes of action. Bozorg, who entered the game third in the nation in assists-per-game (6.4), handed out four helpers, adding four steals to her 10-point effort, while first-year guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) overcame a tough shooting night to finish with nine points and six rebounds.
For New England, Hellert provided most of the offense, adding three assists and four steals to her 21 points, while Bronson finished with eight points and four assists in the loss. New England falls to 10-9 on the season, while Amherst improves to 16-3 with their ninth win in 10 games, surpassing their win total from the 1999-2000 season. The Jeffs return to action on Saturday when they host NESCAC foe Trinity College in a 3:00 p.m. tip-off in LeFrak Gymnasium.
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