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Jeffs Win Third Straight at W.P.I., 52-49
December 2, 2000

WORCESTER, Mass. - The Amherst College women's basketball team survived a scare at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, weathering a late Engineer run en route to a 52-49 victory, their third-straight to open the 2000-01 campaign. Sophomore point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) turned in another stellar all-around performance, connecting for 11 points, a career-best nine rebounds, seven assists, and first-year forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT) added 14 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and two blocked shots before fouling out with 4:50 remaining in regulation.

The Jeffs came charging out of the gates in the first half, using a pair of buckets each from Bergman and Bozorg to open up an 8-2 lead. After a mini-run by the Engineers, another Amherst run - this time a 12-2 clip - gave the Jeffs a 22-10 lead with 3:31 left in the first period. From there, the hosts would slowly chip at the Jeffs' lead, cutting the deficit to eight by halftime (26-18).

The Engineers came out on fire in the second half, connecting on five of their first six field-goal attempts - including two buckets each from rookie Allison Wing (Brewster, ME) and junior Erin Jabs (Preston, CT) to stay even with the Jeffs. A pair of baskets from Bergman and another from rookie guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) gave the Jeffs a 44-33 lead with 7:03 to play.

Once more, the Engineers would slowly cut into the Amherst lead, boosted by a flurry of foul calls, as the visitors were whistled for 14 second-half fouls. WPI would connect on 12 of their 19 free throws in the second period, closing to within four with 3:49 to play on a jumper by junior Helene Gwizdak (Plaistow, NH). The Jeffs retaliated however, as Bozorg connected for Amherst's only three-pointer of the game on the ensuing possession to put the Jeffs back up by seven. A late three-pointer from Jabs and a steal and lay-up by junior Rachel Zimet (Trumansburg, NY) cut Amherst's lead to two, but first-year Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN) added a critical free-throw late to seal the victory for the Jeffs.

Bozorg, who netted a career-high 17 points in the Jeffs' season-opening win over Mount Holyoke College on Tuesday, reached double-figures for the third-straight game, and Bergman led an inside game that helped the Jeffs outrebound the Engineers 42-36. Amherst improves to 3-0, with a Tuesday night date at Western New England College next on the schedule. WPI falls to 3-2 with the loss, and is also next in action on Tuesday, when they travel across town to battle Anna Maria College.
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