Bergman, Putnam Net Career-Highs as Women's Hoops Cruises Past Trinity, 74-58|
February 3, 2001
AMHERST, Mass. - First-year Amherst College forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) and junior Co-captain Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) each turned in career days on the offensive end, as the host Jeffs trumped visiting Trinity College, 74-58, in a NESCAC women's basketball pairing on Saturday afternoon.
|Junior Co-captain Hallison Putnam|
poured in a career-high 17
points, including an 8-for-8
showing from the charity stripe
Bergman, who connected for 20 points on 9-11 shooting in Amherst's 66-44 win over New England College on Friday night, continued her hot shooting on Saturday, helping the Jeffs to a 31-28 halftime lead behind 15 points, hitting on six of her nine field-goal attempts. The Jeffs opened the half cold from the field, missing their first five shots and not getting onto the scoreboard until over six minutes had elapsed. Putnam's three-point-play at the 13:59-mark, however, ignited an Amherst run, and the Jeffs clamped down on the defensive end, holding the Bantams to a 9-28 (32.1 percent) shooting effort from the field in the opening period, with four of the nine field goals coming from behind the three-point line.
The second half opened in the same fashion as the first had ended, with the two teams trading buckets on both ends. A three-pointer from Trinity senior Jackie Siscone (Hammonton, NJ) brought the teams even at 42 with 11:28 remaining, before the Jeffs went on a 12-3 spurt, including a pair of three-pointers from Putnam and sophomore point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) to take a 54-45 lead with 7:28 to play.
After two Trinity free throws, Bergman connected for a pair of free throws and a short jumper on consecutive possessions to extend Amherst's lead to 11, and the Jeffs went into cruise control the rest of the way. The hosts hit 12 of their last 13 free throws down the stretch to ice the game, including a pair from Putnam with 1:49 left that gave Amherst its biggest lead of the day, 72-55. Reserve first-year guard Ana Yarawamai (Waimea, HI) slipped a fast-break lay-up in just before the final buzzer, and the Jeffs had their 10th victory in 11 games, 74-58.
For Amherst, Bergman and Putnam led the way offensively, combining for 40 of the Jeffs' 74 points. Bergman's career-high 23 points came on 9-13 shooting, and the first-year added three blocks and a game-high 12 rebounds in the win. Putnam finished with 17, including an 8-8 effort from the foul line, as Amherst finished with one of its better shooting games of the season, connecting on 26-56 attempts from the field (46.4 percent). Bozorg finished with nine assists along with her seven points, and first-year center Caitlin Farrell (Lafayette, CA) had an excellent game off the bench, chipping in eight points, five rebounds and two blocked shots in only 13 minutes of action.
Trinity placed three different players in double figures, including Siscone, who finished with a team-high 17 points, adding three three-pointers and a 6-6 day at the foul line to her team-best five assists. Sophomore center Kate McCloskey (Uxbridge, MA) turned in a double-double, posting 13 points and 11 rebounds, before fouling out late in the game, and junior Bridget Dullea (Longmeadow, MA) netted 13 points on the afternoon.
With the win, the Jeffs improve to 17-3, 4-1 in the NESCAC, with next Friday's Little III and NESCAC battle at Wesleyan University next on the schedule. Thanks to the Cardinals' 75-65 win at Williams College on Friday, the Jeffs can lock up the Little III title outright with a win, along with a guaranteed place in the first-ever NESCAC conference tournament. Amherst needs to win only one of their final four games-all conference pairings-to make the seven-team draw. Trinity, who falls to 5-12 (0-5 in the NESCAC), travels to Salve Regina next Tuesday, before home dates against Connecticut College and Wesleyan next weekend.
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