Russell's Seven Three-Pointers Lead Jeffs to 71-44 Rout of Coast Guard|
December 11, 2000
AMHERST, Mass. Ð First-year Amherst College guard Shannon Russell (Shrewsbury, MA) connected for a school-record seven three-pointers on Monday night, posting a game and career-high 24 points to lead the host Jeffs in a 71-44 pasting of the visiting United States Coast Guard Academy. Sophomore Amherst forward Sarah Walker (W. Hartford, CT) added 10 points and 15 rebounds, her third double-double of the season, and tied a school record with four blocked shots to lead the Jeffs to their sixth win in seven games.
|Shannon Russell '04, seen here in the|
Jeffs' 69-45 win over Clark on
Saturday, connected for seven three-
pointers against Coast Guard
The Bears, who entered the game with losses in six of their first seven contests, opened the game with a short spurt, jumping out to a 5-2 lead on a long three-pointer from sophomore Tessa Mueller (Torrington, CT). The Jeffs, who connected on only one of their first 10 field-goal attempts, answered with a 9-0 run, sparked by Russell's first trifecta of the game, to take an 11-5 lead just inside the 12-minute mark. After the two teams traded baskets over the next five minutes, including Russell's second trey, the Jeffs went on another run, using a three-point play from Walker at the 6:12-mark and three-pointers from junior Co-captain Hallison Putnam (Lexington, KY) and Russell to take a 33-16 lead. Russell added one more bomb before the half, as the Jeffs took a 37-22 lead into halftime behind their lowest single-half turnover total (three) in four years.
The hosts broke the game open with a 9-0 run to start the second half, including Russell's fifth three-pointer and a pair of inside buckets from first-year forward Sarah Bergman (Shaftsbury, VT). Mueller stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer of her own, but Russell's sixth three-pointer of the night, off a kick-out from Walker, extended Amherst's lead back to 21 points, and Coast Guard would not come any closer down the stretch.
Russell's school-record seventh three-pointer, which came off a feed from Putnam at the 3:53-mark, closed a 7-0 run for the Jeffs, as Amherst lead by as many as 29 down the stretch before the 71-44 final.
The seven threes for Russell breaks Amherst's previous single-game record of six, set by Janinne Noel '99 on January 24, 1998 against Springfield College. Russell also added six rebounds, four assists and three steals, pacing the Jeffs with 24 points, the first 20-point game for an Amherst player this year. Behind Russell, Walker finished with another stellar all-around performance, including 12 offensive rebounds and four steals, and Bergman added her fourth double-digit rebounding game of the season as the Jeffs outrebounded the smaller Bears by a 50-35 margin.
Sophomore guard Sara Bozorg (Amherst, MA), who set single-game assist and steal records with 10 and eight, respectively, in the Jeffs' 69-45 pasting of Clark University on Saturday, added another solid effort, with nine points, six assists, three steals and no turnovers, her first career turnover-free game, as the Jeffs improve to 6-1, their best start since the 1988-89 squad opened 7-0. Amherst is next in action on January 2, 2001 in the Springfield College Invitational.
For Coast Guard, Mueller was the lone player in double-figures with 13 points, adding a team-high seven rebounds, as the Bears fall to 1-7 on the year.
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