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Jeffs Fall at Wellesley, 57-40
December 7, 2000

Shannon Russell
Shannon Russell '04
WELLESLEY, Mass. - Senior Wellesley Co-captain Amy Barao (Norwell, MA) scored a game-high 18 points, surpassing the 1,000-point plateau for her career and leading the host Blue to a 57-40 victory over visiting Amherst College in a New England Division III non-conference showdown on Thursday night.

The Jeffs, who entered the game 4-0 for the first time since the 1988-89 season, opened the game with an 8-4 run, fueled by a pair of scores from sophomore forward Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT) and a driving jumper from first-year guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA). From there, however, Barao drained a three-pointer - giving her exactly 1,000 career points - to launch an 18-3 Wellesley run, with Amherst's only points coming on a long-distance trey from Russell. During the run, Wellesley connected on seven of their eight shot attempts, including two more three-pointers from Barao and another trey from sophomore guard Kate Lyren (Wadsworth, OH). Russell drained a late three-pointer and Walker added a jumper to stop the bleeding before halftime, but Wellesley took a 29-18 lead into the locker room, outrebounding Amherst in the first half 26-15.

After halftime, the two teams traded baskets for the first six minutes, including successive three-pointers from Lyren and Amherst Co-captain Charlotte Taylor (Harvard, MA). Inside the 14-minute mark, the Jeffs went on a run, anchored by the duo of junior Co-captain Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) and Russell. Putnam connected for two consecutive baskets, and Russell added a jumper and her third three-pointer of the game, cutting Wellesley's lead to 42-37 with 6:35 remaining.

That would be the closest the Jeffs would come, however, as on the hosts' ensuing possession, Barao came through once again, draining her fourth three-pointer of the game to extend Wellesley's lead back to eight. A pair of Wellesley free throws extended the lead to 10, before a technical foul on Amherst Head Coach Billy McBride - the first in his eight years as Amherst's head man - gave Wellesley another two points on a pair of Barao free throws, effectively ending the Jeffs' hopes of a comeback. Wellesley, which connected on five of its last six shots, ended the game on a 15-3 run to turn a five-point margin into a 17-point victory, prevailing by a 57-40 final.

Barao finished with a game-high 18 points, including a 4-8 performance from downtown, and Lyren added 14 points - including two of her three three-point attempts, to lead the Blue to their third consecutive victory over Amherst. The Jeffs, who were held to their lowest offensive output since their 62-35 loss to Wellesley in Amherst last year, were paced by 15 points from Russell, who finished five-for-11 from the field, and 12 points and 11 rebounds from Walker, her second double-double of the season.

With the win, Wellesley improves to 6-1 on the season, and is off until their first game of 2001, a January 6 home date with regional powerhouse Bates College. The Jeffs, who finish a four-game road-trip with an impressive 3-1 mark, fall to 4-1 on the season, and have two more home games before winter break, a Saturday afternoon date with the Clark University Cougars, and a Monday night tilt with the United States Coast Guard Academy.
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