Record Day for Bozorg Lifts W-Hoops Over Clark, 69-45|
December 9, 2000
AMHERST, Mass. - Sophomore Amherst College point guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA) set single-game school records for assists (10) and steals (eight), leading the host Jeffs to an impressive 69-45 victory over visiting Clark University and avenging Amherst's 61-59 loss to the Cougars in Worcester in 1999.
|Sara Bozorg '03 set single-game|
school records for assists (10)
and steals (eight) in the win
After the Cougars jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, the Jeffs went on the first of their two 15-0 runs of the afternoon, opening with a pair of buckets from first-year forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT). Junior Co-captain Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) added two lay-ups and a deep three-pointer to close the run, as the Jeffs jumped out to a 17-6 lead on the Cougars, connecting on eight of their first 11 field-goal attempts.
A pair of three-pointers from Clark sophomore Rachel Turkington (Holland, MA) stopped the bleeding, but the Jeffs continued to shoot the ball well, preventing the Cougars from getting any closer than five. Solid bench play from Amherst sophomore Brooke Diamond (Longmeadow, MA), who posted five points and three rebounds in nine first-half minutes, and nine points from Bozorg helped the Jeffs to a 34-22 halftime lead, shooting 53.8 percent from the field.
A mini Clark run over the first two minutes of the second half, capped with a lay-up from Tracy Fuller (New London, NH) cut the Amherst lead to eight, before the Jeffs broke the game open with another 15-0 surge. After Putnam connected on one of two free throws to open the run at the 16:55 mark, the Jeffs strung together four consecutive three-pointers, the first from rookie Marissa McGuire (Minneapolis, MN), two from senior Co-captain Charlotte Taylor (Harvard, MA), and a deep bomb from first-year Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA). Bergman capped the run with a short jumper just over one minute later, and when Clark senior Emily Morgan (Templeton, MA) got the Cougars back on the board, the Jeffs held a 52-31 lead with 9:26 to play.
From there, Bozorg took over, assisting on the next three Amherst baskets—including another deep three from Russell—to keep Clark from cutting into the Amherst lead. After a pair of free throws from Amherst first-year Ana Yarawamai (Waimea, HI), Bozorg found Diamond on the Jeffs' next possession, and Diamond converted the feed from her classmate, giving Bozorg a single-game Amherst-record 10 assists. 11 seconds later, Bozorg knocked the ball away from Clark first-year Megan O'Connell (Melrose, MA), her school-record eighth theft of the game. Yarawamai added a jumper to give Amherst its largest lead of the game, as the Jeffs scored 20 of their 35 second-half points off 15 second-half Clark turnovers.
Despite being held scoreless in the second half, Bozorg finished with an amazing all-around game, finishing with nine points, 10 assists, seven rebounds and eight steals. The 10 assists breaks the previous record of nine, shared by Kate Cinella '96 and Naomi Sullivan '00, while the eight steals breaks the single-game record of seven, shared by five different Jeffs. Putnam led Amherst with 12 points on a 5-10 performance from the field, Bergman added 11 points, and Walker posted another solid game on the boards, picking up 10 rebounds to go along with six points in 23 minutes of action. Diamond finished with a career-best seven-point afternoon, while Taylor had a near-perfect game, finishing 3-3 from the field, 2-2 from downtown, and 1-2 from the foul line for a solid nine-point performance. For Clark, Morgan led all scorers with 13 points, but 25 turnovers and a 17-53 (32.1 percent) performance from the field, including a 2-18 finish from three-point land (11.1 percent) was too much to overcome in the end.
With the win, the Jeffs improve to 5-1, avenging last year's 61-59
loss to Clark and Thursday's tough 57-40 defeat at Wellesley College. Monday night, the Jeffs are home again for their final game of 2000, a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the United States Coast Guard Academy, who also defeated Amherst in 1999. Clark falls to 4-4 with the loss, their third-straight, and are next in action in the Salem State College Holiday Tournament on December 29.
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